Impulsive and Tactless

Impulsive – acting on a whim, behaving with little or no forethought, reflection, or consideration of the consequences.

Tactless – lacking tact. inconsiderate. thoughtless. the quality of lacking consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense.

Impulsive and tactless, that’s how Mayor Sara acted today, March 16, 2020.

Yesterday, she issued Executive Order no. 10 putting Davao City on Community Quarantine – to take effect immediately (that’s a Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 12:15pm, see attached EO copy). Locales of INC within the city have worship services sheduled at 6:00am, 8:00am, and 10:00am, except Lanang locale with 7:00pm schedule. With less than 7 hours to go before church time at Lanang locale, it will be very hard to advice brethren and church officers regarding Community Quarantine EO, besides, worship service cancellation won’t happen without a “tagubilin” from “Central”.

The next day, March 16, Mayor Sara called out INC in a local state-run radio station and threatened legal action against INC if they keep violating quarantine protocol among other scolding words.

That was a scoop for media outfits and gossip sites monetizing from ads. Very timely too for the enemies of INC and Sara, perfect time to malign the INC and clash the two together.

As more and more cities and regions ordering Community Quarantine, INC leadership released a “circular” and “tagubilin” that worship services shall be temporarily done from home.

Sara soon subtly apologized to INC for being “harsh”, while thanking the group for their cooperation.


Sara was impulsive, gusto ora-orada. [effective immediately?]
Also tactless, spouting words without thinking first. Did your office correspondence division reach out to religious leaders and organized groups (not only INC) after issuing the E.O.? How soon did it reach them that you expect outright obedience and understanding? Of all religious groups in the country, INC is the easiest to convince to cooperate with the government. Your action brought your enemies to take advantage of the situation by sensationalizing the issue to get INC members hate you. Well, they succeeded. INC is working through the years to build their reputation on good citizenry and nation building, and now it is being grilled by biased haters and impulsives like you alike.

And now we dismiss everything as a misunderstanding, and lesson learned, well – for you. Please be tactful next time.