Gwen Garcia gets feisty when called out for not wearing face mask
Cebuanos were shocked when they learned that Governor Gwen Garcia is refusing to wear a face masks right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
In what looks like a now-deleted Facebook comment, the politiko got sassy when a netizen inquired why she was not wearing any mask in her Facebook fan page, when everyone else around her donned one as protection. After all, Cebu is the Visayas hotspot for the outbreak.
Garcia insisted wearing masks brought her discomfort, arguing that keeping the carbon dioxide by her mouth will cause “overall exhaustion, lower my immune system and affect my brain.” She added that wearing a mask is a matter of choice, against the fact that it was Malacañang and the Inter-Agency Task Force that required its use when outdoors.
The coronavirus, meanwhile, could be silent but lethal especially to people her age.
Netizens were dismayed, saying she sets a dangerous example for their kababayans.
we’ve seen anti-vaxxers and flat-earthers
now we usher in the birth of anti-maskers. first, DJ Loonyo. now, Cebu governor Gwen Garcia pic.twitter.com/AjOjwiQoA3
— nik #JunkTerrorBillNOW (@chasingsushi) June 5, 2020
The mask we wear, be it surgical mask or N95 mask, is porous enough to allow the carbon dioxide we exhale to pass through, but not the droplets; or airborne microorganisms to pass through. We do NOT rebreath carbon dioxide, Gov Gwen Garcia and DJ Loonyong.
RIP to your neurons.
— Quarantine Tarantado (@Simply_Clinton) June 6, 2020
Hahaha how ironic? Takot ka na maapektuhan utak mo? Nako huli na yata kasi mukhang naapektuhan na. Pero yung totoo may utak ka ba talaga? Parang wala eh hahaha bobita ka Gwen Garcia lol https://t.co/O7Pmtg4zWW
— Ian (@ianloopholes) June 6, 2020
Others took it as a blatant disregard of national laws – especially after she already violated the rule on motorcycle backrides.
Gwen Garcia openly disobeys IATF guidelines. https://t.co/PbrOPGRZix
— Nikki the Peasant (@macronikki) June 6, 2020
Gwen Garcia saying she refuses to wear face mask because it destroys her immune system, and saying that it’s a matter of choice.
If it all boils down to choice, can I then say that being physically away from people makes me depressed and lowers my immune system, so I’m excused?
— #ReleaseCebu8 #FreePiston6 JunkTerrorBillNOW (@claudiopoy) June 6, 2020
As the young ones put it: Ok, boomer!