SENATOR Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Saturday confirmed that he is positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“I’m sorry to inform you that I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. To all who made contact with me, please do the appropriate protocols,” Dela Rosa said.
The senator’s camp also confirmed that Dela Rosa’s eldest daughter also tested positive for the virus.
Because of this, all senators and staff who may have had contact with Dela Rosa will undergo swab anti gen test.
“Well he was in the Senate last wed but we did not have any close contact. But nag swab anti gen test na rin kami last night. Negative naman ako,” Senate President Tito Sotto said.
During the Senate’s closing of interpellation for the proposed P4.5 trillion national budget for 2021 on Friday, Senator Richard Gordon reminded his fellow lawmakers to observe if they would develop symptoms if they were exposed to one of their infected colleagues.
“The suspect is here on Wednesday. So that’s Wednesday. We are now Friday,” said Senator Migz Zubiri.
The Senate has been conducting hybrid sessions since the pandemic where some senators and their staff along with resource persons from various government agencies have been physically present and others virtually present.
Dela Rosa is the fifth senator to test positive for COVID-19 following Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri, Senator Sonny Angara, Senator Koko Pimentel and Senator Bong Revilla.