MANILA, Philippines — Two Metro Manila mayors have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) amid the spike of cases in the region.
Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano tested positive for COVID-19 anew and is now undergoing facility isolation, her chief of staff said Sunday.
Rubiano was feeling “unwell” on Saturday (January 1), exhibiting symptoms such as a sore throat.
She immediately took an RT-PCR test and was found positive for the virus.
Despite her isolation, Rubiano will still conduct online meetings, the Pasay City Public Information Officer said on a Facebook post.
Rubiano first contracted COVID-19 in February 2021.
Meanwhile, Navotas City Mayor Tobias “Toby” Tiangco confirmed that he tested positive for the virulent disease.
On his Twitter post, Tiangco said he is set to undergo a two-week isolation period after he tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
Being immune-compromised due to his asthma, Tiangco said he regularly does the self-antigen test. On Sunday, after yielding positive through antigen test, he underwent RT-PCR test and was confirmed positive of the disease.
Tiangco said he will try to still perform his mandate while on 14-day isolation.
“Bilang COVID patient, sasailalim po ako sa 14-days isolation ngunit hanggang makakaya, gagampanan ko pa rin po ang tungkulin nating i-monitor at pangunahan ang ating COVID response at iba pang responsibilidad bilang Mayor,” he said.
Tiangco then appealed to the public to observe health and safety protocols and to those who are not yet vaccinated to receive the vaccine.
“Muli, pakiusap ko po sa lahat na maging doble o triple sa pag-iingat, gawin ang health at safety protocols, at magpabakuna o booster,” he said. —/mbmf