Palace vows to assist stranded Filipinos after death of woman who waited for Bicol bus ride | Global News

Palace vows to assist stranded Filipinos after death of woman who waited for Bicol bus ride

/ 02:48 PM June 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday vowed to assist locally stranded Filipinos amid the coronavirus lockdown as it expressed grief over the death of Michelle Silvertino, the woman who died while waiting for a bus ride to Bicol.

In a televised press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government will extend assistance to the family of Silvertino, a single mother of four children aged 3 to 11.

“Wala pong gustong mangyari ito pero gagawa na po tayo ng paraan para hindi na po maulit ang nangyari kay Michelle,” Roque said.


He then called on the local government units to assist stranded individuals in airports and bus terminals or coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).


“Dadalhin po ang mga stranded doon sa area ng airport at tsaka sa mga bus sa Pasay sa Villamor Golf Course for rapid testing. Hinihintay na lang ang approval ng Villamor kung sila ay pansamantalang maninirahan doon habang nag-aantay ng kanilang flights o kaya mga bus pauwi,” Roque said.

(The stranded individuals in airports and bus terminals will be brought to the Villamor Golf Course for rapid testing. We are just waiting for approval of the Villamor Golf Course if they can temporarily stay there while they book their flights or buses home.)

The plight of Silvertino reflects the transportation woes experienced by many Luzon workers as quarantine measures limited the operation of public transportation.

Silvertino was declared dead on arrival at the Pasay City General Hospital (PCGH) at 5:26 p.m. on June 5 after staying on a footbridge along Edsa-Pasay for days in hopes of catching a ride to Bicol.

The death certificate issued on Monday said that Silvertino was a probable (severe) new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case.

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

TAGS: Bicol, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Malacañang, nCoV, Philippines, stranded Filipinos

© Copyright 1997-2024 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.