MANILA - Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab on Thursday said he would undergo self-quarantine after interacting with a senator who was exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.
Ungab was with Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at the Senate for a Commission on Appointments hearing on March 11, six days after a person who has the virus entered the Senate.
"I was at the Senate with Mayor Sara yesterday and I interacted as well with Senator Sherwin Gatchalian," Ungab said in a statement.
"Although he (Gatchalian) looks very healthy and asymptomatic, the most responsible thing to do is to subject myself to home quarantine and make sure that I wont be spreading the virus," he said.
Gatchalian and Senator Nancy Binay, who were both present in the March 5 hearing where the COVID-19 patient was a resource person, earlier opted to go on self-quarantine. Duterte-Carpio also submitted herself to isolation.
Ungab said his constituents may forward their concerns through phone calls and emails as the Davao City lawmaker would work via videoconferencing.
As of Thursday morning, at least 8 government officials from the executive and legislative branches opted for a self-quarantine after being in contact to possible carriers of the virus.
- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News