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Palace denies planeload of COVID positives arrive in Bacolod

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By Prince Golez

“Fake news” was how Malacañang dismissed reports that a planeload of returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) recently arrived in Bacolod City from Manila.

“Iyong napaulat kahapon na may isang eroplano daw na puno ng OFW at lahat daw po LSI ay dumating sa Bacolod – wala pong ganiyang pangyayari,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual presser Tuesday.

“Wala pong libu-libong mga positibo ang dumating sa Bacolod, hindi po nangyari iyan,” added Roque.

The repatriation of LSI and Filipino workers Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Bacolod City has been suspended for two weeks effective August 8 to slow down the spread of Covid-19 in the areas.

In a Memorandum Circular No. 3 dated August 7, National Task Force Covid-19 chief and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said: “Hereby approved is the temporary suspension of repatriation of LSIs and ROFs to the Province of Negros Occidental, Bacolod City and Iloilo City for a period of 14 days starting August 8.”

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