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Mayor Magalong: I can’t refuse Duterte if he tells me to stay

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said he “cannot refuse” President Rodrigo Duterte should the latter tell him to stay as contact tracing czar.

The Baguio politiko recently submitted his irrevocable resignation as contact tracing czar after he admitted that he and his wife attended the birthday party of social media personality Tim Yap.

Photos and videos of the party showed guests not wearing face masks and not practicing social distancing.

“Well it is a situation where no one can refuse if the President tells you to stay and perform your job. I cannot refuse the President,” Magalong said.

“Pero hindi naman na siguro aabot kay Presidente, ang dami nang problema ni Presidente. Siguro at the level of Secretary [Carlito] Galvez, makapagdesisyon na,” he added.

Galvez, chief implementer of the National Task Force against COVID19, earlier rejected Magalong’s resignation.

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