MANILA (UPDATE) - Vice President Leni Robredo said late Saturday she was undergoing self-quarantine after learning she had "very close contact" with a COVID-19 patient.
Robredo said she and her chief-of-staff would isolate until they get tested for coronavirus.
"On Friday morning, we learned that someone, my chief of staff and I had very close contact with, tested positive for COVID. Following protocols, we decided to do self quarantine beginning Friday until we get a swab test," she said on her personal Facebook account.
"So all events for Friday until necessary will be done online," she added. "We were supposed to visit our other Community Learning Hubs this week. We are postponing these until we get cleared."
Robredo said she does not feel any symptoms of the respiratory disease.
"Wala naman. Ano naman, mula pa noong March, talagang inaasikaso nating magpalakas ng immune system. Pero hindi talaga maiiwasan... Dahil bumababa kami sa communities, hindi talaga naiiwasan na maging close contact," she said in her weekly radio show on Sunday.
(Nonem so far. Since March, I worked to strengthen my immune system. We can't avoid close contacts since we visit communities.)
"Hindi naman ito first time. Naging close contact na rin kami doon sa iba naming staff na nag-positive. Ito, hindi staff pero nakasama namin this week sa ikot. So kasama namin buong umaga," she said of the virus-positive patient she recently got exposed to.
(It's not the first time. We also had close contact before with our staff who tested positive. This time, it was not a staff member but a person who accompanied us in our rounds this week. We were together for a whole morning.)
"So ito naman, wala namang may gusto nito, pero susunod tayo. Susunod tayo sa mga protocols," the Vice President added.
(Nobody wanted this. But we will follow protocols.)
In July, four of Robredo's staff tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting her office to suspend operations.
Robredo described last week as a "blockbuster" for her, citing numerous activities she engaged in, including turnover of projects in Maguindanao, Negros Oriental and Albay; turnover of testing kits to Iloilo province and Iloilo City; a visit to Community Learning Hubs in Pasig City and Taytay, Rizal; and the launch of Trabahope, a new program for out-of-school youth, in partnership with USAID and PBed, among others.
The Philippines as of Saturday reported 367,819 COVID-19 cases, with 313,112 recoveries and 6,934 deaths.