After Sagada, Banaue denies entry to Joyce Bernal SONA video team

  • The municipality of Banaue in the Ifugao province has rejected the request of Malacañang production crew with director Joyce Bernal to film videos for President Rodrigo Duterte’s upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA
  • Banaue Mayor Dr Wesley Dulawan enforced an executive order that prohibits travel in and out of Banaue up to July 10
  • Earlier, the same team was also denied entry in Sagada, Mountain Province due to strict quarantine protocols

The municipality of Banaue in the Ifugao province has denied the request from a Malacañang production crew with director Joyce Bernal to enter the province and film videos for President Rodrigo Duterte’s upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA).

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Despite presenting a letter from RTV Malacañang requesting permission to film a video in the Cordillera, Direk Joyce’s team was turned down. Banaue Mayor Dr Wesley Dulawan enforced an executive order that prohibits travel in and out of Banaue up to July 10. Capt. Rodolfo Pateg, Banaue police chief, said members of the local inter-agency task force on COVID-19 escorted the team out to the boundary arch and directed them toward Lagawe.

The production team decided to respect the Banaue government’s decision. Their original plan was to film in Baguio City and nearby areas, Sagada, Ifugao, Bontoc in Mountain Province, Kalinga, and Abra and so they decided to head to the Batad Rice Terraces; hoping to film footage for Duterte’s SONA.

Direk Joyce’s production team, which included Piolo Pascual, decided to stay at the Baguio Teacher’s Camp, which is currently being used for arriving OFWs before transferring to Camp John Hay Manor Hotel.

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Prior to Banaue’s rejection, the local government of Sagada, Mountain Province had also earlier turned down the same request. The Sagada COVID-19 task force said that the reason for denying the Malacañang production team was in compliance with their strict quarantine ordinance.

Currently, Sagada remains COVID-free while the entire Mountain Province has only one case.