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GOV TO FILE COMPLAINT AGAINST NURSING ATTENDANT
By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, June 16, 2020
In her visual presser on Monday, June 15, Gov. Gwen Garcia said a complaint will be filed against a nursing attendant of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) for wishing the governor to be positive of Covid-19. (Lito Tecson)

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will be filing a complaint against Shaun Clifford Ocat, a nursing attendant of the government-run Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).

Ocat, a resident of Samboan town, wrote in his Facebook post that he wished Garcia would be positive of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

On Monday, Garcia said Ocat appeared before her office and asked for an apology.

“Nianha ganina nangayo og pasaylo, naghilak-hilak. Ingon ko, ok raman ambot lang og pasayloon ba ka sa akong mga anak, sa akong mga apo, sa akong mga igsuon, sa akong amahan nga nagpangga nako nga ikaw nangandoy ka nga magpositive ko nga basin padung og positive pero imung pangandoy nga mamatay ko,” she said.

Ocat explained to the governor that since the Province will be adopting the time-based discharge policy for Covid-19, he feared because one of his colleagues who tested negative after the test later on became positive of the virus.

“Ingon siya naa man gud koy kauban nga gi-test siya negative, gibuhian unya nag-positive diay,” she stated.

Garcia explained that testing negative doesn’t mean one cannot be infected of the virus anymore. 

Because Ocat is a government employee, Garcia said he has accountability following the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees. She already informed VSMMC chief of hospital Dr. Gerardo Aquino about the incident. 

“Kay you are supposed to know better. Nursing attendant gud ka, mas kahibaw unta ka kabahin niini sa epekto sa Covid-19 sa tawo kung ma-grabihan kay naa kas Vicente Sotto nagtrabaho unya mao na imung gipangandoy nako? Kay imung kauban nag-negative unya nag-positive, unsa’y labot nako,” the governor emphasized. (Mylen Manto)