MANILA - Security personnel assigned to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea tested positive for COVID-19, Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander Col. Jesus Durante III said Wednesday.
Eight PSG members--two officers and six enlisted personnel--assigned to the Office of Medialdea tested positive for COVID-19, Durante said. All of the security personnel assigned to Medialdea have been placed under quarantine.
Those who tested positive for the virus were asymptomatic, Durante added.
"It's confirmed na may mga nag-positive doon (sa mga PSG) but I've been told, so far, none of them has shown any symptoms," Durante told ABS-CBN News in a phone call.
Medialdea meanwhile tested negative for the respiratory illness, Durante said.
The PSG, Durante said, also recommended to the Office of the Executive Secretary to undergo quarantine "just to eliminate all the doubts."
"For all of his staff, we've recommended for them to undergo quarantine while we're trying to clear itong mga cases," Durante said.
A new group of PSG personnel will be assigned to Medialdea.
NO CLOSE CONTACT WITH DUTERTE
None of the virus-infected PSG personnel had close contact with President Rodrigo Duterte, Durante assured the public.
"PSG also assures the public of the President’s safety despite this unfortunate situation as we continually implement the strict health protocols to our personnel and their dependents to guarantee that the President is safe and healthy," he said.
Security personnel assigned to guard the President are constantly tested for the virus and are provided with a separate billeting area to limit their contact with other people, Durante added.
"PSG remains steadfast in being a 360-degree shield for the President and the seat of central power in the country," he said.