Frontliner Suspected with COVID-19 Forcedly Locked by Brgy. Officials in his Home
MANILA – A frontliner who was suspected of having coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was illegally detained by barangay officials in his home.
The frontliner with his wife and children was forcedly locked at his home in Barangay 538 in Sampaloc, Manila after he was suspected of having a coronavirus. The victim serves food to dialysis patients, based on the report of Manila Bulletin.
He was allegedly positive for COVID-19 in Quezon City. When the barangay officials learned that the frontliner was under monitoring for the virus, they locked the door of the family’s home using wood and metal wire.
It also found out that before being forced to lock the victim into their home it underwent a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. When he found out that his test result was negative, he told them to get the test result but the five refuse to allow him.
As a result, five barangay officials who were involved in the incident were arrested. They were identified as Bobby Biason, 48, and Marvin Church, 27, barangay councilors; Ferdinand Gatdula, 56, barangay executive officer; and Epifanio Rempis, 49, and Jesus Dela Cruz, guards.
The five are facing charges for violating the Anti-COVID-19 Discrimination Ordinance of 2020, Republic Act No. 11469 or Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and Article 124 of the Revised Penal Code on arbitrary detention.
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