A party list lawmaker and a governor of a province east of Metro Manila are the latest politicians to reveal they have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap and Rizal governor Rebecca "Nini" Reyes both revealed their diagnosis Wednesday, just hours after Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III confirmed that he, too, have also tested positive for COVID-19.
"It is with a heavy heart that I share to all of you that I tested positive for coronavirus," Yap said in a statement.
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According to the neophyte solon, he got himself tested for COVID-19 last March 15, after he had interactions with people who had contact with people who were later found positive for the virus.
"Since March 10, ilang tao pa ang nakasalamuha ko kabilang na ang ilan na maaaring na-expose sa mga known positive cases of COVID-19... After that, it was business as usual for me but I was careful as always," added Yap, who said it was the Department of Health who confirmed his results.
Yap said he attended a meeting in Malacanang last March 21, as well as the special session of Congress on COVID-19 last March 23.
“Humihingi ako ng patawad at pag-unawa mula sa mga taong nakasalamuha ko. I was paranoid dahil may kaunting ubo akong naramdaman but I felt it was normal for me,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ynares is currently self-quarantining with her husband, former Rizal Governor Casimiro "Ito" Ynares, after her test results recently came out positive, her son said in a statement.
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“Sa amin pong palagay, nakuha ni Governor Nini ang virus dahil sa patuloy niyang pag-ikot at araw-araw na pagharap sa madaming mga kababayan natin. Hindi po siya tumigil sa pagdalaw sa kanyang mga kalalawigan dahil bahagi ito ng kanyang tungkulin,” said former Antipolo Mayor Casimiro “Junjun” Ynares III, who said his mother is in "stable condition."
Aside from Yap, Ynares, and Pimentel, senator Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri has also caught the virus.
As of Wednesday, March 25, the Philippines has recorded 636 cases of COVID-19. 38 of them died, while 26 recovered.