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Iloilo City mayor apologizes for wrong decision

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Mayor Jerry Treñas apologized for recently allowing a close associate’s daughter to return from Metro Manila to Iloilo. She turned out positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

“We made a decision. Sometimes we make a good call, sometimes we make a wrong call,” said Treñas.

On social media, the city mayor got bashed for his decision. Netizens particularly cited his previous stance disallowing the return of Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers unless they have been certified as Covid-19-free from their point of origin. (https://bit.ly/3bz9VGr)

The city mayor’s public apology was a follow up to his explanation posted on Facebook late Wednesday. His post read:

“During the presscon, I had earlier today confirming the seventh Covid-19 case in Iloilo City, it raised many questions from netizens.

“According to Executive Order No. 064 on Enhanced Community Quarantine, essential personnel are allowed to enter the borders of Iloilo City.

“The said patient arrived over the weekend via private chopper from Metro Manila. At first, together with the COVID task force we did not agree, but when we knew that we needed RCA extraction kits we asked the person if she can carry the extraction kits needed in the laboratory of WVMC in the flight she personally arranged, since a charter flight will cost us so much, so together with the COVID Taskforce, we agreed. Upon arrival at the airport, we did a rapid test. The patient was immediately isolated followed by a PCR test.

“The patient, being asymptomatic, is now in strict home quarantine being isolated from other family members, and the rest of the staff which she came in contact with tested negative.

“Allegations made on social media platforms about exempting others in the protocol are completely false in every respect.

“However, this incident has taught us to be more vigilant, as some of our personnel carrying essential goods and equipment may be infected by the virus,” he wrote.

Treñas said the patient was the daughter of City Legal Officer Atty. Edgar Gil.