Bello’s ‘favorite’ sister Catherine succumbs to COVID-19

Published April 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Analou De Vera

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Saturday his sister has died of COVID-19.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III speaks before the media during a press conference with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Friday. The government has imposed a ban on deployment of Filipino workers in Kuwait following the death of domestic helpers due to alleged abuses of their employers. (Keith Bacongco)
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III
(Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Bello said his sister, Catherine, was admitted to the hospital last March 25.

“Just this morning, I received the news that my sister, my favorite dear sister, Cathy, already left us,” he said in a press briefing.

Bello noted that Catherine was the “first to die among ten children.”

“It was determined na na-contaminate siya ng COVID-19. She was about to recover. I don’t know ano nangyari, nag-relapse,” he said.

The Department of Health (DOH) reported that COVID-19 related deaths in the country have increased to 397 as of 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide is now at 6,087, it added.

 
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