Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel confirmed in a message on Saturday, May 2, that he has already recovered from the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. He said that he has already tested negative for the virus.
Pimentel says his staff informed him of the test results, which makes him believe he has already made a recovery from the disease.
In his message to reporters, Pimentel also shared, “But better ask DOH [if this is] already official. Mahirap na magkamali [although] I think I am [COVID-free] already. [I was swabbed last] March 20. [It’s] already May 2. That has been 44 days already. That’s already three 14-day quarantine cycles!”
Pimentel received criticism in March after he accompanied his pregnant wife to a hospital in Makati, despite already showing symptoms of COVID-19. At the According to the quarantine protocols of the Department of Health, patients exhibiting signs of the disease must undergo self-isolation for 14 days. Pimentel, who at the time had already been tested, claimed he only found out he was COVID-19 positive when he was at the hospital.
Lawyer Rico Quicho filed a complaint against Pimentel for violating Republic Act No. 11332, which prescribes procedures on the “surveillance and response to notifiable disease, epidemics, and public health concern”.
In April, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the department would schedule a preliminary investigation on the complaint against Pimentel.
Apart from Pimentel, senators Sonny Angara and Senate majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri also tested positive for COVID-19. Zubiri and Angara similarly have both recovered, however, reports indicate that Angara has tested positive again for the virus.