Roque says he had no COVID-19 exposure before weekend trip to Boracay

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 09 2021 02:02 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2021 02:11 PM

Roque says he had no COVID-19 exposure before weekend trip to Boracay 1
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque talks to the press at the Quezon Memorial Circle on July 30, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA — Palace spokesman Harry Roque said on Tuesday he had no exposure to COVID-19 when he went to Boracay for leisure over the weekend.

Roque, who said Monday he was in isolation after being in contact with a staff who tested positive for the infectious disease, said he first went to Iloilo for a meeting, then proceeded to Boracay, where he stayed until Saturday.

Photos on social media show Roque on a diving expedition there. 

He said he went back to Manila on Sunday and a member of his staff fetched him from the airport. From there, they went straight to a coronavirus testing facility.

Roque said he tested negative for the pathogen, while his staff tested positive.

"Maraming malisyoso na sinasabi na nagpunta raw ako roon maski alam ko na na-expose. Hindi po totoo iyan. Kalokohan po iyan," he told reporters in an online briefing.

(There are many malicious people saying that I went there even though I supposedly knew that I was exposed to a COVID-19 patient. That is not true. That is non-sense.)

"Iyong trip po to Visayas, hindi po, wala pa akong exposure doon. At hindi ko po kasama sa Visayas iyong staff ko na nag-positive." 

(During my trip to Visayas, I had no exposure there. I was not with my staff who tested positive.)

Roque said he did not know where his aide could have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.

He denied that his trips flaunt protocols to curb the respiratory disease's transmission. 

"I am always in 100-percent compliance with all the rules... I never violate the rules," he said.

Roque on Monday and Tuesday held his press briefings from home, as he remained on isolation. 

The Philippines has logged 538,995 confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of Monday, including 27,992 active infections, 11,231 fatalities and 499,772 recoveries.

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