“We try to make good decisions butunfortunately may nagakatalabo nga amona. It’s a learning process and we hope indina ina maliwat,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – “We made a decision.Sometimes we make a good call, sometimes we make a wrong call.” This was how Mayor Jerry Treñas summedup his decision allowing the return here from Metro Manila of a closeassociate’s daughter who turned out positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Treñas insisted yesterday that thepatient was wearing an N95 mask aboard the chopper and people who fetched herat the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo were also wearing personal protectiveequipment. On social media, the city mayor gotbashed for his decision. Netizens pointed out the seeming unfairness of thecity’s chief executive. They particularly cited his previous stance disallowingthe return of Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers unless they have been certifiedas COVID-free from their point of origin. He also cited “the many otherimportant activities undertaken by our security personnel” and the “advicecoming from various sectors.”/PN “Allegationsmade on social media platforms about exempting others in the protocol are completelyfalse in every respect. THE BUCK STOPS HERE. “Allegations made on social media platforms about exempting others in the protocol are completely false in every respect. However, this incident has taught us to be more vigilant, as some of our personnel carrying essential goods and equipment may be infected by the virus,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Nagapangayogid ko pasensya kon nag-react gid ang aton mga pumoluyo. It’s ajudgment call. Indi man kita tani premironga magtugot but may mga RNA extraction kits nga kinahanglan ta gid. And it is also an occasion nga makapadala kita,” said Treñas overDyFM yesterday morning. Yesterday morning he apologized tothose who got upset by his decision. “Thepatient, being asymptomatic, is now in strict home quarantine being isolatedfrom other family members, and the rest of the staff which she came in contactwith tested negative. “Accordingto the Executive Order No. 064 on Enhanced Community Quarantine, essentialpersonnel are allowed to enter the borders of Iloilo City. In an interview over DyFM Bombo RadyoIloilo on Wednesday, Treñas said the patient was the daughter of City LegalOfficer Atty. Edgar Gil. Treñas’ public apology was a follow upto his explanation posted on Facebook late Wednesday at around 9:45 p.m. Hispost read: This was the second time in two daysthat Treñas apologized for an unfortunate decision. On Wednesday morning, heacknowledged that his lifting of the ban on the sale and consumption of liquoron Tuesday was a mistake, thus he re-imposed the prohibition less than 24 hoursafter scrapping it. “Various incidents due to intoxicatedpersons” promoted him to backtrack, according to Treñas. “During the presscon I had earliertoday confirming the seventh COVID-19 case in Iloilo City, it raised manyquestions from netizens. It was unclear if the patient knew shewas positive for COVID-19 already while in Metro Manila, or if she was testedthere before returning to Iloilo City. “However,this incident has taught us to be more vigilant, as some of our personnelcarrying essential goods and equipment may be infected by the virus.” Making a bad call is one of thepitfalls in decision-making, according to the mayor. But the most importantthing is correcting the mistake right away, he stressed. OnWednesday, Treñas said, “Ang case ta nga nag-positive isa ka taga-syudad. Nagpauli bangod napatay ang iloy. Sang naglisensyasia sa aton nga mapauli, indi tani magsugot ang aton COVID-19 team, galing may chance nga maulayhun sia kag puede madala. “Thesaid patient arrived over the weekend via private chopper from Metro Manila. Atfirst, together with the COVID task force we did not agree, but when we knewthat we needed RCA extraction kits we asked the person if she can carry theextraction kits needed in the laboratory of WVMC in the flight she personallyarranged, since a charter flight will cost us so much, so together with theCOVID Taskforce, we agreed. Upon arrival at the airport, we did a rapid test.The patient was immediately isolated followed by a PCR test.