AT least eight more senators will undergo self-quarantine after a resource person who attended a Senate hearing was found to have been afflicted with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Senators Win Gatchalian and Nancy Binay, who were in close contact with the patient, were first to decide that they would go on self quarantine and take the COVID19 test.
Meanwhile, Senators Migz Zubiri, Franklin Drilon, Sonny Angara, Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino, Bong Revilla, Ping Lacson and Kiko Pangilinan also decided to have themselves quarantined.
“Yes, given na na magse-self quarantine ako at madalas kami ni Win naiiwan,” Marcos said in a message to reporters.
“Sen. Gatchalian is my seatmate in the Senate. Maliban sa session noong Monday, magkasama rin kami sa aking opisina kahapon, pati na sina Sen. Sonny Angara at Mayor Sara Duterte—na pare-pareho na ring nag-self quarantine,” Revilla said in a separate statement.
“Bilang pag-iingat, kahit na wala akong anumang sintomas, nagdesisyon po akong mag-voluntary quarantine umpisa kagabi. We don’t want to expose others to potential risk,” he added.
Tolentino, likewise, said he will undergo a medical check up on Thursday as he also interacted with Gatchalian.
Gatchalian, though having close contact with the COVID-19-positive resource person twice, remains asymptomatic and is scheduled to undergo a laboratory test.
Meanwhile, Senator Risa Hontiveros said she will practice social distancing.
“No, I wasn’t exposed to the COVID-19 patient, but I will practice social distancing just to be sure. I am also advising my staff to do the same,” she said.