2 PNP frontliners die from COVID-19

Archie Francisco F. Gamboa

TWO ‘frontliners’ from the Philippine National Police have died after contacting the deadly Corona Virus 19 while doing their job, officials of the PNP Health Service announced yesterday.

The fatalities were PNP’s Patient Number 13 (PNP-13), a 46-year old policeman from Laguna and Patient No. 8, a 48-year old assigned in Metro Manila, said PNP-HS director, Brigadier General Herminio S. Tadeo Jr.

Tadeo said PNP-13 was listed as Person Under Monitoring who died last March 27 due to cardiac arrest. A post-mortem examination was done and the result of the swab test which was released on Thursday showed he was positive for  COVID-19.

On the other hand, PNP-8 died on Thursday. The PNP-HS director said that PNP-8 was on duty last March 19 when he experienced high fever and was immediately admitted to a local hospital. The cop tested positive of  the virus.

PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa extended his personal condolences to the bereaved families of the two policemen and assured them of full financial support and social benefits.

As of yesterday, the PNP-HS said 13 policemen have tested positive of COVID-19. A total of 209 PNP personnel composed of 39 Police Commissioned Officers, 161 Police Non-Commissioned Officers and 9 Non-Uniformed Personnel are already Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) while 1,600 others consisting of 368 PCOs, 1,172 PNCOs and 60 NUPs are listed as Persons Under Monitoring or PUMs.

PNP spokesman, Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac said that the Kiangan Billeting Center in Camp Crame  has already admitted nine policemen listed as PUIs and who have been required to undergo self-quarantine.