First Case Filed Against ‘Wattah Wattah’ Violators

Wattah Wattah

San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora has backed a delivery rider in filing a case against city residents who violated regulations during the “Wattah Wattah” Festival, celebrating the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24. Here are some details according to the report of The Philippine Star.

The Complaint

Lalamove rider Eustaquio Rapal, the first complainant to heed Zamora’s call for accountability, officially filed criminal complaints against unspecified individuals at the Office of the City Prosecutor in San Juan. Rapal reported that he was performing his duties when he encountered the suspects during the festival.

The incident violated San Juan City Ordinance 51, Series of 2018, which regulates the Wattah Wattah San Juan Fiesta. The ordinance prohibits forcibly opening vehicles, threatening and harming people, and entering vehicles to throw water. Violators face penalties: a fine of P2,500 and one day of community service for first-time offenders, P3,500 and three days of community service for second-time offenders, and P5,000 and up to six days of imprisonment for third-time offenders.

Zamora emphasized that the San Juan police and the Office of the City Prosecutor will handle the case, ensuring they initiate legal proceedings. He expressed disappointment in the behavior of a few individuals, stressing the importance of maintaining peace and respect during public celebrations. He assured that perpetrators would face punishment.

Festival and Future Measures

The Wattah Wattah Festival, a cherished event known for its vibrant and joyous atmosphere, involves residents and visitors dousing water to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ. To prevent future incidents, Zamora announced that a designated “bathing zone” would be established for next year’s festivities.

Furthermore, the mayor called on citizens to help identify perpetrators seen in viral videos harassing pedestrians, passersby, and motorists. He stated that the filing of charges by Rapal sends a clear message that the city government will not condone actions disrupting public order and safety.

Zamora reiterated the city’s commitment to preserving the sanctity of its traditions while ensuring all residents and visitors can enjoy the festivities without fear or intimidation. The incident underscores the importance of upholding the law and protecting the public from harassment and vandalism.

Read Also: Bea Alonzo Files Legal Charges Against Cristy Fermin, Ogie Diaz, and Others Over Alleged Defamation


What do you think?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings

    Ex-Cop with Illegal Drugs

    Ex-Cop Nabbed with Nearly P10M Illegal Drugs in Cagayan de Oro

    ‘Diligent in Posting’: How Social Media Led to the Arrest of a Long-Hunted Rape Suspect