Magalong says resignation is ‘irrevocable’, urges officials to ‘lead by example’

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Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong left his post as the country’s coronavirus contact tracing czar, emphasizing that the resignation was “irrevocable,” even after Malacañang rejected the move.

Magalong was under fire for his attendance at a party in Baguio City where COVID-19 protocols were violated. 

The mayor stressed that his resignation is final, as pandemic officials should practice “leadership by example.”

“Kung ‘di namin kaya ipatupad gaya ng nangyari noong insidente, better na lang siguro na mag-resign na ako because it’s all about accountability,” Magalong said.

On Thursday, January 28, he wrote to Galvez to “formally tender my resignation as Contact Tracing Czar.” He said “several lapses in protocol were committed” in the birthday party for media personality Tim Yap that the official and his wife attended in Baguio City. 

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