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Not just hot air: Bacolod Vice-mayor to file charges vs 57 PUMs, urges manhunt, citizen arrest against them


BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran is not just blowing hot air over the disappearance of 57 Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs) in violation of current laws and quarantine protocols.

Screencap from Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran's FB account.
Screencap from Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran’s FB account.

He wants to file charges against them as chair of the Bacolod COVID Inter-Agency Task Force and has even urged the local police and citizens to arrest these people.

Familiaran told DNX these persons are in violation of Republic Act 11332 or the law on mandatory reporting of notifiable diseases, and the recently approved Bayanihan To Heal As One Act


The vice-mayor’s Facebook post today caught the attention of netizens after Familiaran showed a different side from his usual calm and soft-spoken demeanor.

He told DNX his plan to reveal the names of these PUMs is not in violation of DOH reporting protocols.

“The public is at risk, lives are in danger and there is no confidentiality involved here,” he added.

According to the latest figures, “lost to follow up” PUMs is now 57.

CHO, in its advisory, said these are those who have: went home out of town, transferred to another barangay, went back to Korea, USA, and Japan, checked-out from the hotels monitored per barangay, or are repatriated.

Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


  1. The best people/persons who can help these manhunts are their own relatives, friends, relationships/families, who can help and encourage them to understand and surrender…what if these people are the first to throw tantrums/bullies on them??maybe its one of the various reasons, or maybe (again), they dont really understand the depth of the current situations..they have to trust the authorities, their families, and most of all prayers for their welfare,,various reasons why they hide, there is also what we callled “kumpyansa” feeling good and strong….Praise God,,i hope and pray they’ll be found soon..:)

  2. I’m here in Bacolod now and I’m a USA Citizen and I’m on lockdown now and my flight was scheduled for today April 6,2020 to Manila & then leaving from Manila to the USA 🇺🇸 to San Francisco, California. My visa expires on April 22,2020 Purok Sawmill 3, Block 17 Tamburong Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City


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