Romualdez, other solons quarantine selves

LAWMAKERS, especially those who attended the special session last Monday, March 23, will undergo self-quarantine, following the admission of ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap that he has tested positive for coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said that while he had no direct contact with Yap and did not manifest any symptoms, he decided to undergo self-quarantine.

“To put it on record, I have not developed any symptom of the COVID-19. I'm in the pink of health and well enough to continue performing my duties as House Majority Leader and will activate my work-from-home system,” Romualdez said in a statement.

“Self-quarantine as a precautionary measure to avoid potential infection is the more prudent way of helping President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s campaign to defeat COVID-19,” he added.

Meanwhile, he already asked all his staff who was with him last Monday to do the same thing. Likewise, Minority Leader Benny Abante also announced he is on self-quarantine as he was present in the special session.

“I have recently learned that one of my colleagues in the House, ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap, has been found positive for Covid-19. Like Rep. Yap, I attended the Special Session called last Monday to deliberate on House Bill No. 6616 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act of 2020 and the initial meeting with the Speaker before the session. While I had no personal contact with Rep. Yap and I currently feel healthy and have not developed any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, as a precaution I will be going into self-quarantine together with members of my family to avoid potentially infecting others,” Abante said.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presided over the special session, however as of writing he has not yet issued any statement or announcement of self-quarantine.

But as dictated by protocol, the House Secretary General asked all the members and employees who attended the Special Session to go on self-quarantine.

At least 20 solons were present at Monday’s special session and 10 staff members were with them inside the plenary hall.

The plenary hall and the entire building will be disinfected.

Isabela Rep. Tonypet Albano, who was also present in the special session, posted in his FB account that he has to go on “serious” self isolation again for the next 14 days.

“We were the few Congress people that went to Congress to pass the emergency powers for President Duterte to fight this deadly virus for all of you. Cong Eric and I worked closely together to fix and amend this bill with everyone there, but I had my mask off at times when we were all eating and working,”Albano said.

The solon admitted he has asthma.