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Mariel De Leon defends Christopher from netizen who claimed he did not follow COVID-19 testing protocols

Mariel de Leon defended her father Christopher from a netizen who claimed that the actor did not follow coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing protocols.

A Twitter user with the handle @EngrJS listed well-known personalities whom he described as "politicians/personalities na hindi sumunod sa COVID-19 testing protocols."

The former beauty queen retweeted it and was quick to defend her father.

"My dad works a lot (events, tapings, shooting) so he’s always exposed to many people," Mariel wrote.

She said before her father got tested, "he was sick and decided to quarantine himself in the house."

Mariel said when his father's sickness persisted, he decided to go to the doctors to  get tested.

Last March 17, Christopher confirmed that he is positive with COVID-19.

In a statement, the actor said that he had no recent travel history or contact with anyone confirmed to have the virus.

The Department of Health on Monday denied giving VIP treatment to prominent and influential individuals and their families, amid reports of some politicians having themselves tested for COVID-19 despite the limited number of test kits in the Philippines.

On the same day, DOH marked the biggest single-day increase in the number of COVID-19 cases after it confirmed 82 new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the Philippines to 462 in under a month. --Jannielyn Bigtas/MGP, GMA News