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Bing Leonardia, Guv Lacson slam gov’t for surprise OFW repatriation

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Mayor Evelio “Bing” Leonardia and Governor Bong Lacson could not believe how national agencies seemingly bypassed their authority and used Bacolod City as one huge isolation area for overseas Filipino workers being brought home from abroad.

The politikos penned a strongly-worded appeal to government agencies and officials “for closer coordination” on the repatriation of OFWs to Bacolod City and Negros Occidental. The politikos were shocked as they only learned about the transfer of a boatload of OFWs set on Monday, April 27 in the news, who will be brought to their province without any official heads-up.

“The possibility of infection in the interim period or during transit after health clearanced have been issued cannot be discounted,” Leonardia said, adding he is against home quarantine for these potential virus carriers.