- Pasay City Councilor Arnel Moti Arceo apologized for shouting at health workers conducting COVID-19 testing at the City Hall
- He said he was shocked and wasn’t informed that a testing will happen
- The councilor said his action was just an outburst of emotion and apologized to the frontliners
Pasay City Councilor Arnel Moti Arceo issued an apology after he was caught on video swearing and shouting at health workers conducting COVID-19 testing to City Hall employees last May 19.
Arceo earned the ire of many netizens after his outburst towards the frontliners was uploaded online. He then apologized for his behavior and said it was just an outburst of his emotion.
Arceo explained that he got furious because he and other councilors were not informed that a COVID-19 testing would be done at the City Hall. He said the testing seemed to invite a gathering that could potentially put others at risk.
“It is true that I cursed. But I just want to clarify that I did not curse anyone. This was an outburst of emotion. If my cursing was hard to listen to, that was my mistake. I shouted, yes, but what I felt because of what they were doing was a mix of shock, anger and fear,” he shared with the Daily Inquirer.
He added that he was caught off guard upon seeing health workers wearing PPEs and feared they found a COVID-19 positive in the area.
“Who will not be shocked? When we came back to City Hall, I thought I was facing an astronaut. I thought they were going to take someone positive from the city council secretariat,” Arceo said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has ordered the local government unit (LGU) of Pasay City to enforce disciplinary action on Arceo and said they will not tolerate such behavior towards frontliners.