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Treñas to Gorriceta: “Follow the Rules”


Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas was dismayed over the action of the local government of Pavia by transporting a COVID-19 patient residing in Pavia, back to its home in Jaro. The patient is WV48, a 77-year-old female.

“Waay na sa resolution sang Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) nga kon taga-Pavia ka kag diri siya sa balay niya sa siyudad nagpositive, ibalik mo siya sa Pavia. You are causing more problems. There is no valid legal justification for that. Gindul-ong niya sa Buhang nga kadamo sang tawo sa Buhang dako ang posibilidad nga malatnan ang mga tawo. Pero kon ato siya sa Pavia, ara lang siya sa isa ka balay and totally isolated siya,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas in a radio interview (as published in a social media post by the Daily Guardian).

“I would suggest to Mayor Gorriceta to talk to his lawyers before he does anything. Bata ka pa, palihog mangkot ka sa Regional IATF. You have to consider yourself under notice nga may ara ka liabilities,” Mayor Treñas adds.

It can be recalled that the Pavia mayor claimed that, prior to becoming WV48 and is still being considered a PUM, the patient should have stayed at home in its residence in Jaro, and not the other way around.

“Kung PUM tani didto pa lang sa barangay (sa distrito sang Jaro, Iloilo City) na contain na ang pasyente, wala na tani kahalin. Ginkakibot ta gid nga ari na sa banwa (Pavia, Iloilo). Kun responsible ang barangay officials (Jaro, Iloilo City) tani ginbantayan sang nabal-an nga may relasyon ang patient 17 kag gin monitor. Ugaling wala na kita sang tyempo nga magbasulay pa,” states Pavia Mayor Luigi Gorriceta, in a social media post published by Bombo Radyo Iloilo.

Moreover, in a social media post of RMN Iloilo, it was reported that the family of WV48 is planning to file a lawsuit against the local government of Pavia, claiming that the statement of Mayor Luigi Gorriceta was false.

“Sala kag indi matuod ang pahayag ni Pavia, Iloilo Mayor Luigi Gorriceta kag Municipal Health Officer Joyous Jan Santos sa mga media interviews nga nagapasibangud sa pamilya sang Western Visayas number 48, ang 77 anyos nga tigulang nga babaye, nga nagpalusot sa iya pakadto sa Deca Homes Subdivision bisan ini ang Person Under Monitoring (PUM) na bangud sa pagpositibo sa COVID-19 sang iya bata nga doktor,” excerpts from the social media post of RMN Iloillo.

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