Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Director P. Col. Allen Rae Co released a statement today, May 13, 2020, regarding the city’s latest COVID-19 case as of yesterday.
Manila Policeman from Camp Crame is Baguio City’s Latest COVID-19 Case
Yesterday, the city has recorded its latest case, Major Rafael Roxas, Deputy Chief of the Fingerprint Division of the PNP NHQ Crime Laboratory Office.
Maj. Roxas is a resident of Dontogan Barangay which has been placed immediately under lockdown as ordered by Mayor Benjamin Magalong for the purpose of conducting contact tracing and securing the possible contacts of the patient.
The Public’s Reactions
As the identity of the latest case was revealed through the Public Information Office – City of Baguio’s post yesterday, it has gathered reactions from the public. People have shared their sentiments on how the police was able to enter the city despite his condition and the implementation of the travel restrictions.
BCPO Director Co’s statement published on the PIO-Baguio’s Facebook Page
In light of the situation and the reactions from the public, BCPO Director Co has released an official statement.
It is deeply saddening that another member of the Philippine National Police was infected with the dreaded covid19 virus. He is Major Rafael Roxas, assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Fingerprint Division of the PNP NHQ Crime Laboratory Office and he is presently confined at the BGHMC.
His travel from Manila to Baguio is now under Pre-Charge Investigation and if it will be found out that he committed lapses, then the proper disciplinary actions will be taken against him. The PNP does not tolerate disregard for rules and procedures from its personnel. He will face the consequences of his actions, but the focus right now is on his healing and bringing him back to good health.
It is also untrue that we give special treatment to our brother in arms in their travels during the time of ECQ, and as a matter of fact, the PNP has issued restrictions on the movement of our personnel specially those coming from NCR and these restrictions were self-imposed by the PNP upon the directive of our Chief PNP and our PROCOR Regional Director specifically to prevent these kinds of incidents.
Related to this, following the spirit of transparency being espoused by Mayor Benjie Magalong, Major Roxas readily consented to having his identity revealed, purposely to help in the contact tracing and prevent the further spread of the disease notwithstanding the fact that this could possibly lead to his being vilified and stigmatized.
Let us not also forget that it is almost a certainty that he was exposed to the virus while diligently performing his duties as a Frontliner. – BCPO Director P. Col. Allen Rae Co
We ask for your understanding and compassion in this time of greatest need of Major Roxas.