Man with mental illness found dead after staying at police station

A man who was allegedly suffering from mental illness was found dead due to gunshot wounds after he was left at a police station in Candelaria, Quezon, according to a report from Unang Balita on Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Reynante Canlas, who, according to his mother Julia Canlas, left the house on July 27.

When the blotter was filed, it was discovered that Reynante was at the police station. But when he was asked to go home, he did not agree, so he was temporarily entrusted to the police.

After a few days, the victim was found dead in a remote area. Several empty M16 rifles were found at the crime scene.

The Municipal Police Station did not answer Julia’s question as to why her son died. Still, the police promised to investigate the incident following the order of Mayor Macario D. Boongaling.

The victim’s family also asked the National Bureau of Investigation for help.

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8,000 government workers infected with COVID-19

Government agencies themselves are urging the implementation of flexible working arrangements and a more equitable distribution of in government offices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its staff.

According to the latest data gathered by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), more than 8,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported among government employees.

Most of the agencies are in Metro Manila (5,751), Central Visayas (1,226), and Calabarzon (298).

But the CSC is concerned about the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippine Coast Guard, which is now at 631.

“Puwede natin i-lessen yung load ng coast guard sa airport and let the private enter. Yung mga nagsa-swab na for a fee? Let the lead agencies also do more, like OWWA,” said CSC commissioner Aileen Lizada.

The good news is, according to PCG, 485 out of 631 have recovered, so only 146 are active cases.

CSC, on the other hand, encourages various government agencies also to implement flexible working arrangements such as from home schemes for non-essential workers.

If possible, contractual staff affected by COVID-19 would also receive payment.

The government workers’ group Courage called for mass testing and mass treatment of the staff so that their services will not be delayed.