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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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Frontliner fatality a hero, mayor says


Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he is saddened by the death Sunday of Bacolod City COVID-19 frontliner Jesryl Bancaya, 33.

“He was a frontliner who did his best to help in this pandemic, he is a hero,” the mayor said.

“We know how hard he had worked for the City even before the pandemic. He is a big loss,” he added.

Leonardia said in the light of Bancaya’s death, he is again thanking all the frontliners and health workers who, until now, are risking their lives to help us all in this crisis.

Bancaya, a technical staff of Bacolod Councilor Israel Salanga, who was in-charge of orienting returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), died because there was no available space at Bacolod hospitals to take him in.

Jesryl’s brother, Conrado, said he was not a confirmed COVID-19 patient as the test result of the swab specimen taken from him after his death has not come out yet.

Jesryl’s cause of death was listed as respiratory failure, community acquired pneumonia, and suspected COVID, he said.*


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