Comedians Long Mejia, Romy “Dagul” Pastrana, and Gene Padilla might be barred from visiting Ilocos Sur next time after the three celebrities traveled to the said province without any legitimate purpose.
Governor Ryan Luis Singson urged the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Ilocos Sur to declare Mejia, Dagul, and Padilla as persona non grata as punishment for their behavior.
According to the statement of the Governor, the three comedians went to Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur together with their companions.
The camp of the comedians failed to provide to present the purpose of their visit which is according to the Ilocos Sur LGU is against the existing quarantine rules of their province.
Singson also claimed that the three comedians evaded checkpoints and showed bad behavior to the authorities.
“Their refusal to undergo quarantine checkpoint protocols, evading checkpoint personnel is another manifestation of violation of our laws, an exhibition of arrogance and impoliteness that should not be tolerated. I, therefore, call upon the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to urgently pass a Resolution declaring Long Mejia, Dagul Pastrana, and Gene Padilla persona non grata in Ilocos Sur,” the statement of Singson read.
“Their gesture is truly a disappointment undermining the police power of the LGU in the implementation of quarantine protocols during the time of the pandemic,” he added.
The governor said that the action they took against Mejia, Dagul, and Padilla should be a reminder that people should still cooperate with the LGUs in fighting the pandemic.
Meijia, Dagul, and Padilla have yet to comment on the incident.