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Bong Go to undergo self-quarantine vs COVID-19

Senator Bong Go will undergo a self-quarantine after a congressman who he recently came into contact with tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a statement on Wednesday, Go said his team has begun tracing the participants of a meeting he attended last Saturday after ACT-CIS Party-list Representative Eric Yap confirmed that he had COVID-19.

“Wala naman po akong nararamdamang sintomas ng sakit. But since protocol requires that those who were directly exposed to persons positive for COVID-19 need to undergo self-quarantine, I am left with no choice but to comply,” he said.

Yap led the meeting of the House Committee on Appropriations, which he chairs, on March 10.

On March 21, the congressman attended a meeting in Malacañang to tackle a measure seeking to grant additional powers to President Rodrigo Duterte in containing the spread of COVID-19.

Also present at the same meeting were Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Pia Cayetano, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, and Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado.

Yap also attended the special session of the House of Representatives on Monday.

Two senators earlier announced that they had tested positive for COVID-19—Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senator Koko Pimentel, who recently came under fire for violating his quarantine to go to the Makati Medical Center to be with his wife who was due to give birth.

COVID-19 has so far claimed 38 lives and infected 636 people in the country. -- BAP, GMA News