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Agot Isidro questions why Chinese workers got faster coronavirus test results than OFWs

Many are still waiting for their results even though some of them tested earlier in May.

Singer-actress Agot Isidro questioned the alleged mix-up in the results of COVID-19 tests of thousands of repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

On May 25, the results came out but the OFWs were alarmed when they saw the names of Chinese workers from the Fontana resort complex were also on the list.

Many OFWs complained about this since getting their test results would mean they could be on their way home as soon as they can. Many are still waiting for their results even though some of them tested earlier in May.

For Agot, this situation implied that Chinese workers are now being prioritized over Filipinos. Agot said on Twitter,  “Bakit mas priority ang mga Chinese workers kaysa mga OFW?”

The actress also surmised that some authorities conducting these tests were paid under the table.

“Bakit hinahayaan ng mga authorities na mangyari ito sa mga kababayan natin? Sa halagang???” she added.

490 Chinese workers residing inside the Fontana Leisure Parks in Clark Freeport Zone were tested for the coronavirus disease 2019 on May 21. On the other hand, the 70 Filipino employees of POGO and other tenant establishments inside the area were not tested for COVID-19.

Senator Risa Hontiveros also reacted to the news and asked why Filipinos are considered second class citizens in their own country.

The senator wrote on Twitter, “Hindi pwedeng nagiging 2nd-class citizen tayo sa sariling bansa.

“490 POGO Chinese workers & tenants sa resort, pina-COVID-19 test. Pero according to this report, di kasama sa swab test ang mga Pinoy workers sa loob.This is wrong, & should not happen.”

The issue also led some netizens to voice out their concerns:


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