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BINANGONAN, Rizal — A man who is hungry and apparently mentally unstable after having walked a considerable amount of distance, was rescued by healthcare and social welfare volunteers in this town.

The man, identified as Emmanuel Miranda, who supposedly traveled all the way from his home in Sto. Niño in San Fernando City [Pampanga] and reached Barangay Calumpang here, was found hungry and anxious. Volunteers of the Binangonan Action Center said Miranda refused to leave the area, a portion of the sidewalk near the University of Rizal System – Binangonan Campus, where he has been staying for almost two months.

After being informed, municipal administrator Russel Callanta Ynares deployed municipal healthcare workers and social welfare volunteers to rescue Miranda, whom he said has become vulnerable to all sorts of risks – including the deadly coronavirus disease.  Miranda, however, still would not want to leave, prompting the local government to deploy a team that would look after him round-the-clock until the man finally relented.

While Miranda would respond to queries of local government personnel, municipal social workers said that the man may have suffered psychological imbalance and malnutrition. He claims to have been abandoned by her wife and two kids.

In a statement, the Binangonan Action Group said that they have already contacted Barangay Sto. Niño chairman Larry del Rosario, who claimed not one of his supposed family would want to take care of Miranda – citing his mental condition.

Walang kamag anak ang gusto kumuha sa kanya kaya we are trying our best to find ways to help him as much as we can. Araw araw namin sya dinadalahan ng pagkain. Umaga, tanghali at gabi. Ipapa check-up din natin sya at nai-report na sa police station para sa kanyang safety sa location kung saan sya nag stay. We can only do much… pagkain wala naman problema. Long term solution kailangan nya makuha talaga sa Binangonan at madala sa kung saan may mag aalaga sa kanya.”

Emman from Sto.Niño Pampanga. Tinawagan na ko ng kapitan nila kanina.. si Kap Larry Del Rosario sabi makikipag coordinate daw sya sa MSWD sa Pampanga kung paano ang gagawin… wala kasi tumanggap na na kamag anak po,” the group added.

The group has also provided him with other basic needs – clothes, blanket and personal protective masks and face shields.

We are inclined to bring him home… kaso di namin alam saan dadalin… wala naman po facility o institution sa Binangonan para sa ganyang kalagayan. We also find it logical to take him to his hometown where he would probably feel being home.”

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