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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Julius D. Mariveles
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.
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