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Bacolod City Mayor Albee Benitez contracts COVID-19

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(FILE PHOTO): Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez | Photo courtesy of Albee Benitez’s Facebook page

UPDATED: November 8, 2022 / 7:10 P.M.

MANILA, Philippines — Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo ‘’Albee’’ Benitez tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Manila.

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According to Benitez in a statement in his official Facebook page, he was tested for a meeting with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“I feel okay but with mild symptoms,” said Benitez in his announcement.

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“Rest assured that all day to day task[s] of the City would continue to function well, while I am working from home,” he added.

He then reminded the public to continue being wary of COVID-19, as his infection proves that it is still in the country.

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Councilor Celia Flor, who joined Benitez in Japan, said all the members of their delegation will have themselves tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.

So far, former councilor Bart Orola has tested negative, Councilor Al Victor Espino said.

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Aside from Flor, Espino, and Orola other members of Team Asenso Bacolod who joined the mayor in Japan were Councilors Simple Distrito, Thaddy Sayson, Kalaw Puentevella, Jayson Villarosa, Vladimir Gonzales, and  Pao Sy.

Also with the group were barangay captains Rosinie Distrito (Singcang), Itik Talimodao (Granada), Noli Villarosa (Tangub), Rodney Carmona (Sum-ag), Donnie Dela Vega (Alijis), JR Alcantara (12), Joemarie Biasca (36), Elmer Villanueva (40), Wowie Orola (26), Karl Magno (14), and  Lope Ledesma (24).

Also part of their delegation were former councilors Sonya Verdeflor and Caesar Distrito, and former Board Member Patrick Lacson.

Their trip was personally funded by Benitez, Distrito said.

Since they were with Benitez in Japan, Distrito said their group found it necessary to self-isolate within the period required of persons exposed to a person infected with the coronavirus.

They will also subject themselves to tests to be sure that they are free from COVID-19, Distrito said.

As of November 7, the Philippines recorded 16,754 active COVID-19 infections.

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