- A man who was arrested after being suspected as having COVID-19 turned out to be negative for the deadly virus
- He sent a strong message to the public not to judge people, especially out of mere suspicion
- The 38-year-old was arrested on Monday by barangay officials out of a mere suspicion
- After undergoing a swab test at a hospital, it was then affirmed that the wrongfully arrested person was negative for COVID-19
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Irvin Sales, a 38-year-old delivery service provider, was arrested on Monday by officials of Barangay 538 in Sampaloc as he was suspected to be infected with COVID-19.
It turned out that the barangay officials acted on mere suspicion, considering that the swab test that Sales undertook at a hospital revealed a negative result.
Worse, a concerned citizen revealed that the erring barangay officials locked him up in his home, nailed the door shut, along with other modes of exit, to ensure that he would not be able to get out.
Now, the 38-year-old is sending a strong message to the public not to be too quick to judge.
"Ma-realize po nila na dapat hindi basta-basta manghuhusga ng tao dahil ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 ay hindi naman ginugusto ito. Kumbaga, biktima eh. Hindi dapat hinuhusgahan," said Irvin to ABS-CBN Teleradyo.
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Now, the suspects are in jail for violating City Ordinance No. 8624, which prohibits discrimination. They are also held liable for arbitrary detention under the Bayanihan Heal As One Act.
In a Sales and his family were locked in their home by barangay officials. They used wood and metal wire to lock the family up because Sales was suspected to be positive of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
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