- Senator Francis Tolentino released a statement following the backlash he received for undergoing COVID-19 test
- He explained that the test was not administered by the Department of Health (DOH)
- Tolentino also apologized for taking the test after the results showed that he is negative for COVID-19
- The senator revealed that he developed dry cough and colds during his self-quarantine period
Senator Francis Tolentino has issued an apology amid the backlash he received for taking the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test amid the lack of test kits in the country.
KAMI learned that Tolentino clarified the test he took was not administered by the Department of Health (DOH).
Through a Facebook post, Tolentino explained that he took the test after he was exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19.
“My negative result was not a DOH test,” he said.
“I apologize for undertaking the same as I was likewise exposed to the persons positive with COVID-19 whom my colleagues got in contact with during our hearings,” Tolentino added.
The senator revealed in his post that he manifested dry cough and colds during his self-quarantine.
“Further, my colds and dry cough had persisted during my self-quarantine period, thus I took the test after my self cough medication appeared insufficient after four (4) days,” he wrote.
“If I came out positive, I would have posted it as well to inform the people especially those who came in contact with me. My apologies to those offended,” he continued.
As previously reported by KAMI, Senate President Tito Sotto also explained his side after he confirmed that he underwent the COVID-19 test twice.
Earlier, a resource person who attended a Senate hearing tested positive for COVID-19. Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said that the resource person was the husband of the first Filipino national who passed away due to coronavirus disease.
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