Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte yesterday, January 15, said violators of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health protocols and guidelines in the city will be caught “sooner or later.”

She bared this during her regular Davao City Disaster Radio program held Friday following the termination of four city government of Davao personnel for violating the liquor ban, which has been in effect until January 31.

“Nagapadayon man atong implementation sa guidelines na kinahanglan nga i-implement. Sooner or later masakpan ra gihapon ang ga violate sa atoang COVID-19 health protocols and guidelines for COVID-19 response (The implementation of our guidelines continues. Sooner or later those violating the COVID-19 health protocols and guidelines for COVID-19 response will be caught),” she said.

The mayor also called on her fellow city government employees and Davao City residents to respect those working on the frontlines of the city’s COVID-19 response.

She said, “We should respect our fellow government employees who are on the frontlines of the COVID response by simply following guidelines and basic health protocols.”

“Mao nang pakikipag-isa og pakikisama nato sa atong mga kauban sa gobyerno because daghan ta sa gobyerno some of us dili direct atong trabaho diha sa COVID  response (That’s our way of being one with them and joining our frontliners since not all government workers are directly involved in the COVID response),” Duterte said, adding that there is a need for everybody to honor the hard work frontliners do and the risks they take every day.

She continued, “Simply follow health protocols and guidelines. That goes for other residents of Davao City. Tagaan nato og high regard ang trabaho og kalisod sa trabaho sa health and non-health employees inside hospitals (Let’s give high regard to the work and difficulty of the job that health and non-health employees do inside hospitals.”

Meanwhile, Lemuel Ortonio, Chief of the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), earlier said the four terminated city workers caught consuming intoxicating drinks despite the liquor ban were all job order personnel assigned at the Rapid Action Team (RAT) from various offices. CIO