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Cops nab student for false info


An 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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