Bongbong Marcos says ‘he’s OK, on home quarantine’
Robie de Guzman • March 26, 2020 • 1081
MANILA, Philippines – Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday belied claims circulating online that he is currently confined in a hospital.
In a statement, Marcos said he is under home quarantine after feeling ill when he returned home from a recent trip.
Incumbent Senator Imee Marcos earlier revealed that her brother arrived sick from his trip to Spain, which has recorded 3,434 deaths from COVID-19.
“I am deeply touched and overwhelmed by your concern over my condition. Don’t worry I am doing OK and contrary to popular belief, I am home on self-quarantine,” he said.
“As my sister said, a few days ago I was feeling a little under the weather and as a result went to get checked. We are still waiting for the results,” he added.
Marcos, however, did not say if the test was administered by the Department of Health’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
A photo of Marcos sitting on his bed while holding a newspaper was attached to the statement sent to reporters.
The former senator said he is now feeling better and thanked the doctors and nurses who attended to his needs.
“Fortunately, I feel much better and am getting stronger by the day. I have no doubt in my mind that this is partly due to the excellent work of the nurses and doctors who helped me during this time,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – Inihayag ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque ang pangalan ng ilang personalidad na posibleng basbasan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte bilang kandidato ng administrasyon sa 2022 presidential elections.
Kabilang sa mga binanggit ni Roque ay sina Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senador Bong Go, Senador Manny Pacquiao, dating Senador Bongbong Marcos, at Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
Ngunit paglilinaw ni Roque, wala pang desisyon ang Pangulo kung sino sa mga ito ang kanyang susuportahan.
Hindi rin aniya sang-ayon ang nakatatandang Duterte na tumakbo sa pagka-pangulo ang kanyang anak sa darating na halalan.
“Alam ninyo nung talagang kinausap ko siya diyan at wala pa siyang desisyon. Mayroon lang talaga siyang options na sinabi but as of now, siguro nakatutok pa rin ang presidente dito sa pandemiya, dito sa bakuna,” ani Roque.
Samantala, naniniwala naman ang Palasyo na hindi ipinagbabawal ng batas na tumakbo sa pagka-bise presidente si Pangulong Duterte kasunod ng resolusyong ipinasa ng partidong PDP-Laban na nag-uudyok sa punong ehekutibo na kumandidato sa 2022 election.
Ngunit sa ngayon, ayon kay Roque, ay pinag-iisipan pa ito ng Pangulo.
“Kung pinagbabawal po ang presidente na tumakbong VP (vice president), dapat po sinulat yan, nagkaroon ng teksto sa ating saligang batas na nagbabawal diyan pero since wala pong prohibition, it must be allowed,” ayon sa opisyal.
Samantala, sinabi naman ni Roque na walang nakikitang problema ang Pangulo sa PDP-Laban at nananatili pa rin namang acting president ng partido si Pacquiao.
Ito ay sa kabila ng nangyayaring tensiyon sa pagitan ng ilang miyembro nito kasunod ng pagpalag ni Pacquiao sa ipinatawag na national council meeting ng PDP-Laban kamakailan.
Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano has reiterated that the local government is following guidelines in its home quarantine process.
This, after the Cagayan Province Government slammed the city’s home quarantine process, saying it has become a cause of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Soriano assured that they are strict in implementing as well as monitoring patients undergoing home quarantine; however, he lamented the local government does not have enough health workers.
“Lahat po ng protocols sinusunod ng Tuguegarao lahat ng executive orders ng National Government hindi lang Provincial Government. Kung ano ang sinasabi ng National IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force] sa DOH [Department of Health] iyan ang ginagawa po namin (Tuguegarao is following all protocols, including all the executive orders of the National Government as well as the Provincial Government. Whatever the National IATF and the DOH say, we do it),” he said.
The city mayor also assured that its residents are safe since barangay health workers are closely monitoring patients in their area.
Under the implemented protocols of the DOH, only mild and asymptomatic cases are allowed to undergo home quarantine and it is the responsibility of barangay health workers to coordinate with patients in need of further assistance.
“Our local governments were instructed to monitor constituents who are doing home quarantine or home isolation,” according to DOH Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.
Patients under home quarantine are also prohibited to leave their rooms and interact with their relatives as much as possible to prevent the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, there are also local government units that implement reverse isolation if there are more infected members of the family in one household.
This is when non-infected individuals go to isolation facilities until their infected relatives recover at home. -AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)
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