Sotto willing to take another COVID-19 test after exposure to Rep. Yap


Posted at Mar 26 2020 11:51 AM

MANILA - Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday said he may undergo another coronavirus test after he attended a meeting with a lawmaker who recently tested positive for the highly-contagious disease.

Sotto, along with other lawmakers and Cabinet members, attended a meeting in Malacañang with ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap - who later confirmed that he was a carrier of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“I'm fine but people think I should take a test again, I can and I will,” he said in a text message sent to reporters.

The Senate President said he is still under home quarantine after his “very short” meeting with Yap.

“The meeting with them was very short. The real meeting transpired in the office of Executive Secretary [Salvador] Medialdia and he (Yap) was not included,” Sotto said.

“He (Yap) was wearing a mask most of the time except for a pic that's why I did not see or recognize him,” he said.

The 71-year-old Senate President earlier said he underwent 2 COVID-19 tests after Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri tested positive for the disease on March 16.

His first test was a kit that has yet receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration, while the second was a swabbing unit from the Department of Health.

Sotto had denied allegations that he was among top politicians who asked to be prioritized in the coronavirus testing, ahead of medical workers who have been suffering from fever, cough, colds, and other symptoms of COVID-19.