Navotas lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19 in antigen, RT-PCR tests

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 28 2021 03:52 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2021 09:58 PM

Navotas Rep. John Rey Tiangco tested positive for COVID-19 in an antigen test. Photo from his Facebook page. 

MANILA (UPDATE)— Navotas Rep. John Rey Tiangco on Tuesday disclosed he tested positive for COVID-19 in an antigen test. 

"Para po sa inyong kaalaman, base sa antigen test ko ngayong gabi, ako ay nag-positibo sa COVID-19," Tiangco posted on his Facebook page.

Tiangco said "he is doing fine" as he urged those he was in close contact with to get themselves tested.

"Mabuti naman po ang aking pakiramdam at kasalukuyan po akong naka-quarantine," the solon added.

Tiangco later confirmed that he was also diagnosed positive using RT-PCR, regarded as the most accurate COVID-19 test.

The Philippines' pandemic response task force earlier started rolling out 30,000 rapid antigen tests daily to quickly identify and isolate infected persons. 

Antigen tests in NCR Plus (Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan) will be limited to patients and health care workers in hospitals, and in barangays with a high prevalence of infections.

Aside from Tiangco, Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Anak Kalusugan Party-list Rep. Mike Defensor, and Negros Oriental Rep. Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong have all tested positive for COVID-19 this year.

Last year, Representatives Bernardita Ramos of Sorsogon and Francisco Datol of Senior Citizens Party-List died of complications due to COVID-19.

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