- Senate President Tito Sotto confirmed that he underwent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test twice
- However, it received a backlash from the netizens as the COVID-19 test kits are still limited in the country
- Sotto explained that he used a test kit that has not been approved by the Department of Health (DOH) nor the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yet
- He also mentioned that he did not ask to be prioritized for the testing
- The Senate President shared that he manifested dry cough and sore throat for a few days
Senate President Tito Sotto explained his side after receiving backlash for undergoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test twice amid a scarcity of test kits in the Philippines.
KAMI learned that Sotto said he underwent went the COVID-19 test twice.
In a Facebook post by ABS-CBN News, Sotto explained that the first test he used was not approved by the Department of Health (DOH) nor the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Its accuracy has not been certified yet and it is a very simple testing strip with instant results. This testing kit is different from what the DOH is using right now,” Sotto said.
“I know that a number of PUIs need the DOH-approved test kits more. In fact, I am hoping and monitoring that this instant testing kits be accredited to be of use as soon as possible by the DOH,” he added.
According to a report by the Inquirer (authored by Christia Marie Ramos), Sotto explained that his first test showed that he is negative for COVID-19. However, he underwent a confirmatory test as he was manifesting dry cough and sore throat for days.
"My test turned out negative but since I'm manifesting dry cough and sore throat for days and due to my age & exposure, I took a confirmatory test," he said.
According to a report by CNN Philippines, Sotto said that he did not ask to be prioritized.
“It’s been a week now and to clarify this, I haven’t received the results as I never asked to be prioritized,” Sotto said.
As previously reported by KAMI, “No VIP testing” was trending on Twitter after several posts claimed that some big personalities were being tested for COVID-19 while test kits are still limited in the country.
The DOH earlier announced that it is accelerating its capacity to provide more COVID-19 tests in the country.
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