Marcos-Duterte HQ closes with over 20 staff COVID-19 positive

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FILE PHOTO: Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of late Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos, waves to supporters next to vice-presidential aspirant Sara Duterte, daughter of President Rodrigo Duterte, during a caravan ride in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, December 8, 2021. REUTERS/Adrian Portugal

Campaign spokesman Atty. Vic Rodriguez confirmed that over 20 staff working for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the temporary closure of the headquarters.

“For disclosure and transparency, more than 20 staff were tested positive today which prompted the order for the temporary closure of the campaign headquarters,” Atty. Rodriguez said.

The spokesman said that the Marcos Jr. gave orders for the closure of the headquarters from January 3, with no hint yet as to when it will reopen.

“Putting premium on the safety of the public, his staff and supporters, former Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. has ordered the closure of the BBM-Sara UniTeam headquarters starting today, January 3, until further notice,” the spokesperson said.

Marcos Jr. also commanded a halt to all political activities from January 3 to 15.

“In this regard, all public appearances, sorties and assemblies of the BBM-Sara UniTeam will be postponed during the said period,” the spokesman claimed.

The headquarters will undergo disinfection to ensure the safety of the campaign staff. Atty. Rodriguez assured that those participating in Marcos Jr.’s political activities undergo regular testing.

“As a matter of policy, the BBM campaign headquarters requires all visitors and staff to undergo antigen tests at least twice a week to ensure the safety of everyone doing business and visiting the facility.”

Work continues for the staff, however, as their team adjusts to online means of campaigning.

“... campaign preparations and other administrative functions of the UniTeam will proceed non-stop through work-from-home arrangements and virtual meetings of the concerned staffers and campaign personnel.”

Atty. Rodriguez urged the campaign supporters to “exercise self-restraint and avoid holding unilateral campaign/ political activities that might result in the further surge of Covid19 cases in their areas.”

It can be recalled that a crowd of Marcos supporters rallied in support of the dictator’s son last December 9 in Quezon City, failing to practice physical distancing.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy.

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