To this end, the Task Force for Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 is doing its utmost to safeguard the community from contracting COVID-19.
"This is solely for the sake of providing the best protection to our nation. 'Solus Populi Suprema Lex', people's safety is the highest law," Monardo emphasized on Tuesday.
The 1985 graduate of the Military Academy also dismissed claims of having supported an event held by the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) that led to a congregation of people few days ago.
Monardo emphasized that his party’s prime concern was not the content of the event but rather the safety of Indonesians present at the venue.
The 27th Commander of the Special Forces Command (Kopassus) affirmed that since the start, the provincial government of DKI had not allowed the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab to hold a wedding ceremony for his daughter.
Monardo also lauded DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan for imposing a fine of Rp50 million on Shihab.
"The DKI provincial government has never allowed it. The governor of DKI, through the mayor of Central Jakarta, has written a letter," Monardo pointed out.
On the same occasion, he encouraged all parties to build collective awareness of staying disciplined in applying health protocols, including wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining safe required distance, and avoiding crowds.
Monardo also urged the public to commend the efforts of health workers and the task force, who have served at the forefront in dealing with COVID-19.
"We all need time to meet our families, but in the wake of the increasing number of cases, we prioritize society over family," he noted.
Anies Baswedan, the Jakarta governor, had earlier met the Jakarta Metropolitan Police's summons to tender a clarification on the crowding of people at the house of esteemed Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Habib Rizieq Shihab in Central Jakarta during the transition period of large-scale social restrictions.
"Today, I come here in the capacity of a citizen to meet a summons from the Jakarta Metropolitan Police," the governor stated at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Headquarters here on Tuesday.
Baswedan, along with his staff, arrived at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Headquarters at 9:43 a.m. local time.
The governor confirmed having received the summons from the Jakarta Metropolitan Police on Monday, Nov 16, 2020.
"I received the summons, dated Nov 15, 2020, on Nov 16, 2020. (The police) summoned me for a clarification over the (event) on Nov 17, 2020, at 10 a.m. local time in the morning," he revealed.
Baswedan is among those summoned to clarify on the alleged violation of health protocols during the wedding of Shihab's daughter on the night of Saturday, Nov 14, 2020.
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