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BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Rep. Greg Gasataya and nine others who were among the party of Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez during a recent trip in Japan, also tested positive for COVID-19 upon their return to Negros Occidental.

Gasataya, who is currently in self-isolation since his arrival from Japan, however, said he has not experienced any symptoms. At the same time, he added that he continues to attend congressional committee hearings via Zoom.

Former Councilor Caesar Distrito, who acted as spokesman of Team Asenso Bacolod City, revealed that nine others who also joined the Japan trip also tested positive for COVID-19. He, however, withheld their identities.

Benitez was the first to declare that he tested positive for the virus, shortly before he was supposed to meet with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at Malacañang.

Among the Bacolod City councilors who joined the Japan trip were Councilors Simple Distrito, Thaddy Sayson, Kalaw Puentevella, Al Victor Espino, Celia Flor, Vladimir Gonzales, Pao Sy, Jayson Villarosa and former councilors Sonya Verdeflor, Bart Orola and former Negros Occidental Board Member Patrick Lacson, as well as 16 barangay captains.

Flor, who is now in Baguio City, earlier said that she was tested negative of COVID-19.*

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