PMA homecoming postponed over coronavirus concerns

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) — The alumni association of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) said it would be postponing this year's homecoming due to concerns over the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov).

In a statement released Wednesday, the PMAAAI said the event would be moved to February 22 in Fort Del Pilar, Baguio City.

"The decision was reached with the help of Baguio City Mayor, Cav. Benjie Magalong '82, and PMA Superintendent, VADM Allan Cusi '86, making the 2-day event into one. Alumni classes especially Jubilarians caught in this late-breaking developments are advised to exercise their best judgments on how to proceed with their individual Class events in sync with the new date," the statement said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said he was in favor of postponing the homecoming and to close off the premises to visitors amid the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

Lorenzana said this was in accordance with Magalong's order suspending public events scheduled for the first three weeks of February.

Magalong on January 31 ordered to postpone "all crowd-drawing activities" for three weeks from February 1 to 23. The order also meant the postponement of the Panagbenga Festival's opening parade, celebrated by locals and visitors.