DILG sacks 27 BFP-6 personnel in Boracay caper

first_imgPersonnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Regional and Iloilo City offices undergo mass testing Tuesday at the Freedom Grandstand. File Photo/Arnold Almacen/CMO Romulo-Puyat said the COVID-19 positive BFP-6 employee and her colleagues checked in on June 12 and “pretended” to be part of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force delegation when the latter convened on the island from June 11 to 12. Like their sacked regional director Fire Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto, they would be investigated, too, for last week’s trip to Boracay Island with a colleague who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He ordered the creation of a team from the BFP national headquarters to conduct the probe. “A total of 28 personnel were relieved from their positions. Of course, they are under quarantine and would undergo reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests,” said Secretary Eduardo Año. “The concerned hotel at that time had no authority to operate, which is issued by the agency after ensuring that an accommodation facility has set health and safety protocols in place,” she said. MANILA – Twenty-seven more personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 have been relieved from their posts by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). In a related development, the Department of Tourism (DOT) revoked the accreditation of the hotel that housed the BFP-6 personnel. The Interior secretary also said 24 staff of the hotel where the BFP-6 personnel stayed and nine boatmen who ferried the group would also be subjected to quarantine. “The investigation would determine the extent of each personnel’s participation or accountability…the command responsibility of senior officers…There was a report that they’ve been drinking there…or if they violated physical distancing while having their gathering,” said Año. Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the hotel had no Certificate of Authority to Operate yet when the BFP-6 personnel stayed in it from June 12 to 14. Boracay was reopened to tourists from around Western Visayas on June 16 upon the recommendation of the Aklan provincial government and the task force’s approval./PN “The group claimed they were attending a conference of the task force but there was no conference already that time. The task force already left Boracay,” she said.last_img read more

Isla set for QPR move

first_img The 47-cap Chile defender has completed his medical at Loftus Road and tweeted news of his move on Tuesday morning, before later removing the post. Redknapp’s fourth summer signing should be officially ratified just a day after QPR paid a fee believed to reach £6million to prise Jordon Mutch away from Cardiff City. The 26-year-old Chilean should see his QPR move confirmed once the club receive official endorsement on the transfer from the Football Association. Manager Harry Redknapp has secured Isla’s services on a one-year loan with a view to a permanent transfer, Press Association Sport understands. Juventus defender Mauricio Isla has completed terms on a season-long loan deal with QPR, with the London club awaiting work-permit confirmation.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FA Cup quarter finals begin today

first_imgIn the opening game of the day, Bradford are the lowest-ranked side remaining in the Cup as they prepare to host Reading at Valley Parade.The League One club have beaten Chelsea and Sunderland on their run-up to today’s 12:45 start.Later this evening, Aston Villa and West Brom will meet for the second time this week. After Villa got the better of their midlands rivals during Tuesday’s league meeting, West Brom return to Villa Park this evening looking for revenge.Villa boss Tim Sherwood has warned his players that they’re going to have to work hard if they want to advance to a semi-final date at Wembley.Kick-off is at half-past five.Because of the FA Cup fixtures, there’s just one game this weekend in the Barclays Premier League.QPR will play host to London rivals Tottenham at three o’clock.last_img read more