Pasay City councilor apologizes to health workers he berated, cursed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 26) — Pasay City councilor Arnel "Moti" Arceo has apologized to health workers for his berating and cursing while they were conducting rapid testing of city hall employees earlier this week.

The councilor got in hot water after a video, where he could be heard "badmouthing" health workers, went viral on social media on Saturday.

READ: Pasay councilor berates, curses at health workers testing city hall employees

Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said that Arceo apologized to the health workers involved during a meeting she called for on Monday.

Arceo maintained that his outburst, which he personally recorded on his cellphone, was “an expression of shock and my fear of the virus and its possible transmission, not only to some members of the Council and their staff but also to other people in City Hall.”

"The health workers said they were traumatized by the incident, saying they were emotionally and psychologically affected by it," the Pasay City local government said in a statement. "But they later accepted Councilor Arceo’s apology."

According to the Pasay City local government, Arceo said he will also issue a written apology on the matter.

The Department of Interior and Local Government previously urged local government units to report incidents of harassment and discrimination against frontline workers in the country.

President Rodrigo Duterte also ordered the police and military last April to watch out for anyone who will harass health workers.