Residents in Douglas Village, Orange Walk District are wary of the spread of COVID-19 after one of their community members, Miguel Alamilla, was allegedly across the border in Mexican territory. The Chairman of the Village, Jairo Osorio brought the issue forward explaining that he received photographs that showed Alamilla buying toilet paper and vegetable oil in Javier Rojo Gomez, Quintana Roo. In a Facebook post Alamilla made an appeal to the Police Department and the Ministry of Health to look into the matter. According to the Chairman he called the police department and reported the situation but nothing was done. The post went on to say, quote “what encouraged me to speak out today was that this morning I saw this individual riding his bike in the village like nothing has happened…. I am calling on the corresponding authorities to please look into this matter” End of quote. We tried contacting the chairman for a comment but we were not able to get him. We did speak to Alamilla’s nephew, however, Joshua Alamilla, who explaind that his uncle is in quarantine and that this may just be a case of mistaken identity.
Joshua Alamilla, Nephew: “In the picture it apparently looks like him but we can’t say it’s him because the pictures are blurry and who took the pictures that’s the question that many people are asking, who was the one that took the pictures and sent it there. Some people were saying that maybe it was another border jumper that took the picture and to cover his back maybe he sent it to the person that posted it, it would have to mean someone that knows my uncle who took the picture. When the chairman posted that police didn’t come they – supposedly that he went across they say the police didn’t come. The searched my uncle’s house I don’t know where he was I’m not minding and they searched his house, he is minding the house by the river, he is the watchman for that house they went to that house checked the house and they came through the back and right into my house so they also raided my house to check if we had any contraband. They searched my father to see if he doesn’t have anything and they searched my house but we don’t have any contraband so they went right through did what they had to do. They came like if they went to search for drugs and ammunition that was the reason of suspicion and that’s why they searched my house.”
Reporter: Okay so then where is your uncle now is he still at home?
Joshua Alamilla, Nephew: “No no this morning police came and they took him to swab and then into the quarantine.”
Joshua Alamilla, who is also the vice chairman of Douglas Village said that villagers have been adhering to the guidelines set by the Ministry of Health to avoid the spread of COVID-19.