4 congressmen go on self-quarantine


Posted at Mar 12 2020 09:08 PM

MANILA - Four congressmen have voluntarily gone on home quarantine after attending official functions where there were people infected by the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

In a text message to reporters, Davao Rep. Isidro Ungab said he has gone on self-quarantine after being with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at a Senate hearing, where one of the chamber’s guests tested positive for COVID-19.

Ungab clarified he did not go to the Batasan Pambansa, the office of the lower chamber in Quezon City, after the Senate hearing in Pasay City last week.

Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez, who was also at the hearing, placed himself under quarantine.

Duterte-Carpio earlier said she would undergo self-quarantine after having a meeting with Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who was in contact with the infected guest on March 5.

Several senators, including Gatchalian, also followed suit after attending the same hearing.

Meanwhile, Iloilo Rep. Julienne Baronda also isolated herself, explaining she was in a meeting with Budget Secretary Wendell Avisado on March 9, and Transportation Secretary Art Tugade on March 10. Both Cabinet officials earlier went on self-quarantine after being in an event with a patient who tested positive for the virus.

Baronda said she has no symptoms of COVID-19.

House Secretary General Jose Luis Montales told reporters the Batasan Pambansa and other affliated offices will undergo "thorough cleaning and disinfection" from Friday to Sunday.

“The health and safety of everyone in HRep (House of Representatives) continues to be our priority," he said.

The Philippines has 52 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as of Thursday.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier suspended classes in all levels in Metro Manila, from March 10 to March 14. Before that, the Chief Executive placed the country under a state of health emergency due to the rapid rise of the virus.--Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News