Mayor Magalong resigns as COVID tracing czar, Palace confirms

 By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: The Cordillera Aide

Malacañang announced Friday that Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong filed a resignation as the coronavirus contact tracing czar but has yet to be accepted by the government’s task force.

“We confirm that Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong tendered his resignation as the government’s Tracing Czar,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

“Mayor Magalong’s resignation, however, has not been accepted.  He continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the leadership of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19,” Roque added.

His resignation came after he received fierce criticisms for attending a party in Baguio City where he earlier admitted the health protocols were violated.

As seen in videos posted, guests in the party hosted by social media personality Tim Yap did not observe physical distancing and some not wearing face masks.

However, Yap assured the guests in attendance were tested negative of disease, he added the purpose of the gathering is to promote Baguio City’s tourism and culture.

July last year, Magalong was named by Malacañang as the country’s tracing czar.

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