Guevarra vows to help locate 215 Pinoys who attended Muslim event in Malaysia

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on on Wednesday vowed to help locate 215 Filipinos who attended the four-day “ijtimak tabligh” event at the Jamek Sri Petaling Mosque in Malaysia recently.

This as the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) called on the Filipino delegates to come out and undergo quarantine.

“We’ll extend any help that the NCMF may request,” Guevarra said.

The gathering was attended by about 16,000 people from several countries.
The Malaysian Health Ministry had announced on Saturday that 77 people confirmed for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, were linked to the religious event held at a mosque in Selangor.

President Duterte placed the entire Luzon including Metro Manila under the enhanced community quarantine.

A memorandum from Malacañang on the enhanced quarantine guides government agencies to ensure the following:

Prohibition of mass gatherings and imposition of strict home quarantine among all households;

Work-from-home arrangement for the executive branch;

Only essential establishments are to remain open (those private establishments providing basic necessities and such activities related to food and medicine production i.e. public markets, supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, hospitals, medical clinics, pharmacies and drug stores, food preparation and delivery services, water-refilling stations, manufacturing and processing plants of basic food products and medicines, power energy, water and telecommunications)

Suspension of mass public transport facilities;

Restricted land, air and sea travel; and

Labor, social welfare, finance, budget and trade departments to come up with programs for affected workers and businesses.

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