By Ali G. Macabalang
Marawi City Mayor Majul Gandamra has revealed being tested positive for Covid-19, even as he urged people he had mingled with to undergo checkups and possibly quarantine.
In his signed statement posted in the Facebook “Amanah Tapatan Forum” on Sunday, Mayor Gandamra expressed concern that got afflicted with the virus “despite careful and religious observance of minimum health protocols.”
“While our guards are lowered down after altering to our community quarantine guidelines to (allow) the movement of our local economy, this (infection happened as) a reminder to all residents of this city that this battle against the virus is far from over,” he said.
The mayor urged people he got close contacts with earlier to get tested and undergo self-quarantine.
Last Friday, March 26, Gandamra was involved in activities with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM), including the groundbreaking of the site for a halal slaughterhouse.
The event was joined by TFBM Chair Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, alongside Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Undersecretary Zyril Carlos and TFBM Field Office Manager Asst. Sec. Felix Castro Jr.
Relatives said the mayor showed “no serious” symptoms. But Gandamra said his plight should be a wake-up call to the public to continue vigilance by observing health protocols, avoiding non-essential travels and crowded gatherings.
“This is also a call to (Muslim constituents) not be afraid to get vaccinated, as this is by far the most impactful move that our government is doing to protect ourselves from the disease,” he said.
Earlier, Sheikh Mohammad “Abu Hurayra” Udasan, grand mufti in the Bangsamoro autonomous region, had declared that government-recognized vaccines are halal (permissible) for Muslims to take in. AGM