Año wants PMA homecoming suspended due to virus scare

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    INTERIOR Secretary Eduardo Año said next week’s annual Philippine Military Academy Alumni homecoming in Baguio City should be suspended due to the novel coronavirus scare.

    “I support the suspension of PMA homecoming to a later date. The nCoronavirus threat has not been contained yet and we have to exercise on the side of caution or prudence,” Año said on Tuesday night.

    Also on Tuesday night, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana suggested the homecoming on Feb. 14-16 be moved “to a more auspicious date in the future.”

    Lorenzana also noted the decision of the PMA leadership over the weekend to lock down the PMA grounds from outsiders.

    Told that suspending may further cause further public panic, Año curtly replied: “No.”

    Año, a member of the PMA class of 1983, said it’s up to the PMA Alumni Association Inc. and the PMA to determine whether the homecoming should be pursued.

    PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Maj. Gen. Chiquito Malayo, director of the PNP Academy in Cavite, suspended visitations for cadets, until further notice, effective yesterday.

    “All personnel entering the camp are required to wear face masks. They are also subjected to temperature check at the gate before allowed entry,” Banac said.