Negros Occidental governor under isolation after exposure to COVID-infected mayor

Published September 21, 2021, 1:49 PM

by Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY — Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is currently on self-isolation, following his exposure to Kabankalan City Mayor Pedro Zayco Jr., the recent government official in the province to be infected with COVID-19.

Lacson met Zayco during the Love Negros fellowship meeting on Sept. 18 at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.

Zayco tested positive for the virus on Sept. 19. He is stable while being confined in a private hospital here.

Former Congressman, now provincial consultant Alfredo Benitez also went on self-isolation after his exposure with Zayco during the meeting, according to Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz II.

At least 13 mayors from different towns and cities of the province also attended the gathering led by Lacson and Benitez, along with the latter’s brother Third District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez and Abang Lingkod Party-list Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano.

They were advised to self-isolate pending the results of their swab tests.

Following this, the Kabankalan City Mayor’s office has also been temporarily closed until further notice, pending the swab tests of the employees set on Wednesday, Sept. 22.