- Sen. Risa Hontiveros took to Facebook and narrated her scary experience when the asthma medicines of her bunso stopped working
- The senator said that her bunso, Sinta, was immunocompromised and bringing her to the hospital with many COVID cases was enough to give her a scare
- She revealed that she tries to be a better mother and senator every day, and while she remains strong, rushing her bunso to the emergency room was a real nightmare
- The senator then said that what she went through made her catch a glimpse of the burdens of many women during the pandemic
Sen. Risa Hontiveros took to Facebook and shared her scary experience when her youngest child, Sinta, who is immunocompromised, needed to be rushed to the hospital because her asthma medicines stopped working.
She said that in a world brutally ravaged by a pandemic, where a disease blocks the air supply, the situation becomes more sinister when a member of the family has severe asthma.
Sen. Hontiveros narrated it was the same ailment that took her husband, her children’s father, away from them. This is why she became so terrified when her daughter’s medical situation occurred.
The senator admitted to feeling very scared at the time considering that there are many COVID cases in the hospital and that her daughter's immune system is not strong.
Hontiveros said that her children inspire her every day to be a better mom, a better legislator, and to keep on holding to hope, adding that her strength and life are no longer hers alone as she shares it with her children.
She also emphasized that she wants nothing more than to share in the joy of what her offspring have become and to provide them comfort when inflicted with the pains of this world, no matter what age they are.
"As a solo mother and a senator, I experienced a glimpse of the multiple and heavier burdens of women in the pandemic. Pero hindi hadlang ang pagiging babae, bagkus ito ay isang regalo para harapin ang mga hamon ng buhay, kasama na ang pandemya."
She then added that she believes that listening to the woes of women will help lift the country and move forward from the pandemic towards a better normal.
Today, her daughter Sinta is now in the process of healing, the senator happily shared. While the ailment still hounds her, Sen. Hontiveros said it never hampered her free spirit.
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Ana Theresia "Risa" Navarro Hontiveros-Baraquel is a Filipino politician, journalist, and community leader. She was born on February 24, 1966. She won a seat in the Philippine Senate, placing 9th, during the 2016 general elections. Previously, she served as Akbayan sectoral representative in the Philippine House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010.
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