By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times
THE campaign headquarters of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. in Mandaluyong City will be closed for another week after 30 of its staff tested positive for Covid-19.
A big number of Marcos' staff and UniTeam volunteers tested positive for Covid-19 during a facility-wide reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests conducted on January 7.
Among those who were infected with Covid-19 was his spokesman, lawyer Victor "Vic" Rodriguez, to whom Marcos was exposed to, as well as several of his close-in security personnel.
Former Davao representative and UniTeam's political officer Antonio Ernesto "Anton" Lagdameo, in a statement said "Bongbong was saddened by the unwelcome developments."
"But [he] advised everyone to stay focused and let not their spirits be dampened because right now our major concern is still our fellowmen who were affected by Typhoon 'Odette' and by the new surge of coronavirus," Lagdameo said.
Marcos' camp on Sunday said the UniTeam headquarter will remain closed for another week "to ensure everyone's safety and protection."
Initially, over 30 staff and volunteers tested positive for the virus in the antigen testing conducted on January 3, which prompted Marcos to order the lockdown of the building.
On Friday, a comprehensive RT-PCR test was conducted resulting in the discovery of at least 68 staff infected with Covid-19.
A bulletin was immediately issued and all employees were sent home, except for a few personnel tasked in the preparations and additional distribution of relief goods for victims of Odette.
"This [distribution of relief goods] cannot stop because the typhoon victims needed it badly and we have to keep our promise to help them get back on their feet," Lagdameo said.