Hontiveros & Pangilinan skip COVID-19 testing for senators

Hontiveros & Pangilinan skip COVID-19 testing for senators

It is not only detained opposition senator Leila De Lima is opting not to be tested for the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-2019.
Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Rissa Hontoveros refused to undergo swabbing for the coronavirus disease even after senator Miguel Zubiri has tested positive for the virus, citing a Department of Health (DOH) policy prioritizing the elderly and symptomatic patients amid a limited supply of test kits.

Pangilinan and Hontiveros decided not to take the test after Senate President Vicente Sotto III's call for all senators to be checked.
Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Rissa Hontoveros
(photo credit to owner)
"Initially, I was planning to get tested, but when I learned that DOH prescribed protocols provided that only those who had been exposed to COVID positive persons with flu symptoms should be tested, I decided that since I had no symptoms then I ought not to be tested," Pangilinan told ABS-CBN News. 
"I have, however, been on self-quarantine since Tuesday last week as recommended by the same DOH protocols," he said.
Senator Hontiveros also opted not to be tested for COVID-19 for the same reasons.

"She's following health protocols... She is not displaying any symptoms," Hontiveros' staff said in a separate message when asked if the senator was among those who underwent the COVID-19 test in Sotto's office on March 17, 2020.
"She is under self-quarantine after Sen. Migz tested positive for COVID-19," her staff said.

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