Walang nagsabing mag-quarantine ako! - Koko Pimentel defends MMC visit

Walang nagsabing mag-quarantine ako! - Koko Pimentel defends MMC visit

Man of the hour Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel insisted that he did not break the quarantine protocol by visiting Makati Medical Center (MMC) with his spouse while waiting for the results of his test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In an interview over ABS-CBN’s news channel ANC, Senator Pimentel said “nobody had imposed” a quarantine on him.

“But to cooperate with the enhanced community quarantine, hindi rin naman po ako lumalabas. With or without quarantine hindi naman po ako lakwatsero. I’m a homebody. Natural po sa akin just to stay at home,” he said.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel
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The senator said he has been restricting his movements after the Senate ended its session on March 11. Several senators had gone into self-quarantine afterwards after a visitor to the Senate building tested positive for the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

“There’s no real official count because when the official session ended March 11, I limited already all my movements. Parang quarantine na rin po ‘yun diba? Only essential movements,” he said.

Pimentel announced Wednesday (March 25) he tested positive for COVID-19, while he was along with his wife in the Makati Medical Center (MMC), who was set to give birth via cesarean section.

MMC has denounced the senator’s visit to the hospital as “irresponsible and reckless”because he was already tested for COVID-19 on March 20.

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  1. Naka quarantine ka nga, bakit ka lumabas, anong ibig sabihin into?