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DFA official wants an arrest for OFWs who escaped from COVID-19 quarantine facilities

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teddy Locsin on Monday (May 18), asked an arrest for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who fled from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) quarantine facilities.

"Arrest them, contact trace, and test everyone they got in contact with,” Locsin wrote in twitter.

The DFA chief also urges the authorities to take photos of the quarantine facilities in which the OFWs escaped from.

"...take PHOTOS of their quarantine facilities and the CONDITIONS THEREIN from which they escaped. There are so many motels out there because of the odd Filipino pastime we can get the owners to reopen," said Locsin.

Some of OFWs who escaped from their quarantine facilities have found to be positive for COVID-19 according to PCG spokesperson Commodore Armand Balilo. He added, that these repatriates have left without knowing the result of their coronavirus test.

Earlier, it was announced that repatriated OFWs must undergo a 14-day quarantine and a rapid antibody testing for COVID-19 upon arrival. Balilo said, OFWs who left their quarantine facilities could be charge for violating the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

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