Senator Koko Pimentel goes on air with Jessica Soho to clarify his side of the issue with regards to his trip to Makati Medical Center. The politician recently came under heavy fire for choosing to accompany his wife to a cesarean section operation despite having tested positive for the coronavirus.
Senator Koko explains that he was not under any sort of specialized quarantine and that he believed his wife giving birth was an “essential movement.”
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“Una sa lahat, ‘yung home quarantine ko is the general quarantine natin lahat, diba…na kung non-essential movement, ‘wag na tayong gagalaw. Eh, wala naman akong positive test noon at manganganak ang misis ko, e sa mata ko this is an essential movement.”
(First of all, the home quarantine I am undergoing is the general quarantine that everyone is obliged to go through…wherein if you have non-essential movements, then it is advised that you do not go out. However, I did not have confirmation that I was positive yet and my wife was about to give birth, in my eyes this is an essential movement.)
The senator goes on to clarify that he had no knowledge of his condition prior to making the trip to the hospital.
“Nung nalaman ko na po [that I have been tested positive with COVID-19], nung tinawagan na ako ng RITM, 9pm na po kagabi tapos nasa hospital na ako. 6pm pa kami nandon sa hospital.”
(When I knew, when the RITM called to confirm, it was already 9pm. I had been in the hospital with my wife since 6pm.)
“Basta, when I went to the hospital, wala po akong word or confirmation na ako po ay positive. And the two hours later nalaman ko and then tinawagan ko agad ang doktor, ang OB-GYNE na in charge sa ward ko, tinawagan ko sila and then they said na you must leave the hospital. Umalis na po ako nun.”
(The point is, I did not have a word or confirmation that I was positive. I only found out two hours later and when I learned, I informed the doctor and OB-GYNE that were assigned to my ward immediately. They advised me to leave the hospital and I complied.)
Panoorin ang panayam ni Jessica Soho kay Sen. Koko Pimentel sa @24OrasGMA kaugnay ng naging pagpuna sa senador matapos niyang samahan ang asawang manganganak sa Makati Medical Center. pic.twitter.com/iVopszGyGx
— GMA News (@gmanews) March 25, 2020
(Photo source: Instagram – @km_jessica_soho / @senkokopimentel)