PUM in Negros Occidental escapes mandatory quarantine


A PUM or person under monitoring for novel coronavirus escaped mandatory quarantine in Negros Occidental, Thursday night.

It was learned that PUM, identified as Felix Alejo, was not found in his room at 6 pm.


He was one of 90 stranded passengers from Clark, Pampanga, who arrived at Bacolod-Silay Airport yesterday.

Because they were considered PUMs, they were first subjected to the provincial government’ 14-day quarantine period at a resort in Murcia, a suburb of Bacolod City.

Four hours after he escaped, authorities found Alejo at his home in a subdivision in Bacolod City.


PUM in Negros Occidental escapes mandatory quarantine

Police immediately took him to the resort to complete his quarantine period.

According to Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police Director Col Romeo Baleros, Alejo allegedly left the resort because he thought the quarantine was only for those who had just come from Metro Manila, and he came from Pampanga.

As a result, Alejo will face charges for violating the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of the Public Health Concern Act and Disobedience to a Person in Authority or Agents of such Person.

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Pastor spreads fake news on COVID-19 to face charges

A pastor who spread fake news about COVID-19 will face charges in Agusan del Sur.

PRO-13 Director, Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., of Veruela, Agusan del Norte, is preparing a case against the 29-year-old unnamed pastor who is a resident of Brgy. Binucayan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.

According to Esquivel, the pastor posted on Facebook about the two positive cases of COVID-19 in Brgy. San Gabriel and Sta. Emilia, but in their confirmation, the pastor’s post appears to be fake news.

The pastor will face charges in violation of Article 154 of the Revised Penal Code or the “Unlawful Use of Means of Publication and Unlawful Utterances” concerning Section 6 of the Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law.