COVID-positive congressman could face raps for breach of Palace protocol: PSG

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2020 01:27 PM

ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap. Photo from Cong. Yap’s Facebook page

MANILA- ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap, who tested positive for COVID-19, could face charges after failing to declare his test before visiting Malacañang Palace last March 21, the head of President Rodrigo Duterte’s official security said Thursday.

Yap did not declare that he got tested for COVID-19 or any symptoms related to the disease when he attended a meeting in Malacañang on March 21 as required for all visitors in the Palace, Presidential Security Group Commander Col. Jesus Durante said.

Since February, Malacañang has been requiring Palace visitors to fill up a health declaration form due to the virus spread.

“For whatever reason, he failed to disclose all needed information. PSG troopers on duty assessed him according to the answers on the said form he submitted, the basis of which he was allowed entry,” Durante said in a statement.

“We might [file charges], depends on the outcome of the investigation,” he told ABS-CBN News in a text message.

The PSG is currently investigating Yap’s attendance of the meeting.

“This incident shall serve as a reference for PSG’s implementation of an enhanced screening measures for all those who enter Malacañang Complex,” he said,

Yap had apologized and appealed for understanding to those whom he may have exposed to the virus and claimed that he was not showing any signs of respiratory illness when he went to work.

"Wala naman akong respiratory illness naramdaman talaga. Promise 'yon. Hindi naman ako magsinungaling," he said.

(I wasn't showing signs of respiratory illness. I promised. I don't lie.)

In its health declaration form, the Palace has warned that falsifying answers is punishable under the Revised Penal Code.