18-year-old senior high student was arrested for spreading false
information that he is positive for coronavirus disease in Purok
Singbenco, Barangay Plaridel in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, at about
12:30 p.m. yesterday.
Argie Ligaray, alias “Brando”, of the barangay,
posted on his Facebook page that he had symptoms of Covid-19, such as
breathing difficulty and fever. “And now I want to die,” he said.
P/Maj. Antonio Benitez Jr., Sagay City police chief,
said yesterday that the City Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19
learned of Ligaray’s posts and comments.
Benitez said Ligaray was processed, checked, and
cleared by the Sagay City Health Office, and the results showed he was
negative of the disease, does not have travel history to places with
positive cases of COVID-19, has no symptoms, and no exposure to persons
under investigation or persons under monitoring.
Ligaray apologized, saying he does not know what to do with his life so he made such posts.
Charges for violating the Bayanihan to Heal as One
Act are being prepared for filing against Ligaray, who is now detained
at the custodial facility of the Sagay Police Station.
He is the first person apprehended for spreading
false information on Covid-19 in Negros Occidental, Benitez added.*
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