ROF found dead in quarantine hotel in Mactan
CEBU CITY, Philippines – A Filipino Overseas Returning (ROF) quarantined in a hotel room in Lapu-Lapu City was found dead on Sunday May 30, local police confirmed.
Police Colonel Arnel Banzon, director of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Bureau (LLCPO), in a telephone interview with CDN Digital, said the victim was identified as Geraldine Dasalya, 41, from Nueva Ecija.
“We believe this is unrelated to COVID-19 since his test results were negative. Based on the first inquiries, she was not feeling well before her death, ”Banzon said in Cebuano.
Banzon also said they found no foul play in Dasalya’s death.
He said, however, that the cause of death had not yet been identified as authorities were awaiting approval from the victim’s family to conduct an autopsy.
“The immediate family has already been notified. And the case is handled by the OWWA (Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration), ”he said.
Banzon said Dasalya arrived in the country from Qatar on May 21 and, in accordance with health protocols for incoming ROFs, was quarantined for 10 days at a hotel in Barangay Mactan.
He also said the victim was supposed to board his flight to his hometown on Sunday because she had already tested negative for COVID-19 twice.
Based on police reports, Dasalya’s companion reported to hotel management at 7 a.m. on Sunday that her friend was not answering her calls.
“The victim’s friend also came from Qatar and stayed in the same hotel. She told hotel staff that the night before they were even busy talking and making video calls through Messenger, ”Banzon added.
Citing reports from the medical team that also responded to the incident, the LLCPO official said Dasalya vomited blood the night before her death.
The victim’s body is currently in the care of a funeral home in the city of Lapu-Lapu.
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