MANILA, Philippines – Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Wednesday confirmed he has tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, Pimentel said he underwent a swab test last Friday, March 20 and was informed of the result on Tuesday night, March 24.
“Since the last day of session, March 11, 2020, I had already tried my best to limit my movement. I will call (to the best of my ability) those I remember meeting during those crucial days so that I can inform them of my test result,” he said.
He added that he has put himself under quarantine as advised by his physician, and assured he is following the protocol.
“I feel I am, with God’s help, on the way to recovery,” he said.
He has asked for prayers, especially for his wife who is currently pregnant.
“I would like to ask for your prayers, especially for my wife Kath, who is about to give birth in the next few days to our first baby girl, and with whom I cannot be at the very important point in our lives as parents,” he said.
The senator also called on the public to continue observing social distancing rules, proper hygiene, and obey the measures being implemented by the government to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
“I also urge all of us to observed the social distancing, enhanced community quarantine measures, washing of hands and personal hygiene being implemented because they are the best strategies to beat this disease at this time,” he said.
“I have faith that together we can overcome these challenging times,” he added.
He also expressed gratitude for all medical workers in the country who are putting their lives at risk on daily basis to bring a halt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They are the true heroes in this fight,” he said.
Pimentel is the second senator to test positive for the virus after Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri confirmed on March 16 confirmed that he contracted coronavirus.