Lacson condemns discrimination vs health workers


Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson appealed to the public not to discriminate frontline healthcare workers dealing with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

Lacson issued the statement following reports that medical workers of a certain hospital in Bacolod City are being discriminated after it was learned that a Covid-19 patient is in their care. They were being asked to leave their boarding houses.

“They are the ones facing our enemy, our faceless enemy,” the governor said. (

He added, “These are people sacrificing their lives, they are there to take care of the patients.”

Based on a letter from Riverside Medical Center Corporate Communications head Chuck Estrella, some of their employees were denied rides by pedicabs or jeepneys, after the first Covid-19 positive patient in the region was reported.

Coffee shops have also refused entry to Riverside medical staff and some were even verbally harassed by police officers.

There were also reports that some landlords and their neighbors are ordering Riverside staff to vacate their apartments and boarding houses for fear of possible contamination.