DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said Monday the local convenors of the "Run, Sara, Run" campaign who underwent a 14-day quarantine tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“Yes, they have arrived, quarantined, and followed the quarantine protocol set by the Department of Health (DOH) for asymptomatic. They all tested negative for Covid-19,” Mayor Sara said of the group.
Consisting mostly of this city's barangay officials who traveled on March 17 to 21, the group participated in the "Run, Sara, Run" grand caravan in Manila in a bid to ramp up public support to convince the mayor to run in the next year's Presidential race.
Mayor Sara said another batch of "Run, Sara, Run" organizers are undergoing quarantine and have also tested negative for the infection.
“They will be discharged, I think, Thursday or Friday (this week). We assumed that despite their negative result, they were asymptomatic,” she added.
She also cautioned other government and barangay officials not to get involved in political activities, especially on the "Run, Sara, Run" campaign.
“Hopefully, it won’t happen again in the future. We should be aware that political activities will gather people, and if it happens again, we will catch them and put them in isolation,” Mayor Sara warned.
Last week, Duterte prohibited all city government personnel, including barangay officials, from joining any activity affiliated with the "Run, Sara, Run" campaign outside this city.
She said all government workers must focus on the "response, vaccination, and recovery action plan" of the local government against the pandemic.
In an executive order, Duterte warned government workers that traveling for non-essential reasons "is a cause for caution".
“Political activities include caravan, meeting, rally, parade, program and all other forms of gathering. If they go to areas with high cases of Covid-19, there is a great possibility that they might get infected,” Mayor Sara said.
However, she clarified that city government workers are free to join any other activities "totally unrelated" to the "Run, Sara, Run" campaign.
Mayor Sara has repeatedly doused cold water on the prospect of running for the highest position in the land in the 2022 elections. (PNA)