Walang takas! Ex-barangay official in QC faces raps for breaching quarantine protocols

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A former barangay official of Quezon City will be facing charges for breaching quarantine protocols, which forced the Quezon City government to enforce a total lockdown on a street where he resides.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said the 31 Zamboanga St. has been placed on total lockdown after a former barangay councilman, whom she did not identify, tested positive for the virus.

Based on a report, Belmonte said the former councilman and other members of his family underwent swab testing after his son was tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), after a drinking session with another positive individual.

“The family has been ordered to undergo quarantine while waiting for the result of their swab tests, but he failed to comply,” the lady Mayor said.

When the former barangay official’s swab test came back positive, Belmonte ordered the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), headed by Dr. Rolly Cruz, to immediately conduct contact tracing.

“After our contact tracing, we determined that 15 individuals who had close contact with him need to undergo swab testing,” said Dr. Cruz.

Cruz also recommended that the street be placed on total lockdown so the CESU can closely monitor the condition of the 26 families living in the area.

The city government is preparing to file charges against the former barangay official and his son, per Ordinance No. SP-2958 S-2020, which prohibits breaching of quarantine protocols.

“Napag-alaman natin na pasaway itong dating opisyal na ito dahil lumabas at nakisalamuha pa siya sa mga kapitbahay kahit na naghihintay sila ng resulta ng anak niyang nagpa-swab test,” Barangay Community Relations Department head Ricky Corpuz said.