Iloilo town’s police operations to continue despite its chief being infected with COVID-19

Published January 27, 2021, 10:31 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – There will be no lockdown at the Lemery municipal police station even after its head tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) Director Col. Gilbert Gorero.

Gorero said the Lemery police station will remain open even after its police chief Capt. Edwin Belarmino informed him that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Captain Belarmino is not in Lemery. He has been on leave.  There has been no positive cases in Lemery since December,” Gorero told Manila Bulletin Wednesday, January 27.

Belarmino was in his hometown in Negros Occidental when he informed Gorero of his condition.

A mobile police force team has been deployed to Lemery since Tuesday, January 26, as an augmentation team as personnel at the police station were isolated, and will undergo swab tests on Thursday, January 28.

Gorero explained that personnel at the police station undergoing isolation will still carry out administrative functions remotely.

“It’s just that they cannot deal directly with the public.  It is the cops from the mobile police force that we sent to augment who can deal with the public directly,” Gorero pointed out.

“Rest assured, we are following health protocols,” Gorero added.