‘My lawyers will do what is necessary’ - Pimentel re COVID-19 quarantine breach

‘My lawyers will do what is necessary’ - Pimentel re COVID-19 quarantine breach

The Department of Justice is finally issued a subpoena for Senator  Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III,  this is in relation t the complaint against him over his alleged breach of the COVID-19 quarantine protocol.

“(M)y lawyers will do what is necessary” – was the answer of the senator when she was asked to comment regarding the DOJ’s move in issuing the subpoena for himto appear in the preliminary investigation of the case which was tentatively scheduled on May 20.

“Re(garding) DOJ case, my lawyers will do what is necessary. I will defer to them,” Pimentel said.

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Former law Dean Rico Quicho filed the complaint, accusing Pimentel of violating Republic Act No. 11332, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events Act of 2018, and other regulations of the Department of Health (DOH) when the lawmaker escorted his pregnant wife to the Makati Medical Center (MMC) despite being on the 10th day of his quarantine after manifesting symptoms of COVID-19.

Pimentel said in all his interviews that he was already in the Makati Medical Center (MMC) when he received a call from the
Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) confirming he is positive for the highly infectious respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

According to the senator, he immediately left MMC after learning of the news from RITM.

MMC denounced Pimentel’s actions breaching infection control protocols calling it “irresponsible and reckless.”

Pimentel has since apologized to the hospital and maintans that he did not intentionally violated the COVID-19 quarantine protocols, he likewise sais that he did not mean to “do harm on anyone.”

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