The camp of Senator Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday insisted that he did not commit protocol violations during his visit to Batangas province over the weekend.
Nikki de Vega, legal counsel of Pacquiao, said no violations were made during the senator’s trip as they did not expect crowds to swell while he was handling out assistance to residents.
“We did not violate anything. You know, Senator Manny has been extending help to Filipinos since 2002 so he went to Balayan to help,” De Vega said in a virtual press briefing.
“Even he was shocked when people started to gather. They went because they love Senator Manny but there’s no breach of health protocols,” she added.
Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya on Monday said his agency is looking into a possible breach of quarantine protocols during Pacquiao’s visit after reports of mass gathering ensued during his trip.
A video of Pacquiao’s trip was posted on Facebook showing long lines of people mobbing the octuple-world-boxing champion.
Apart from attendees not exercising physical distancing, the lawmaker was also seen to remove his mask multiple times while speaking in the middle of a crowd.
But his camp said they have no plans to stop their activities — even amid investigations and insinuations of vote-buying.