Sonny Angara is third COVID-positive senator

    Senator Sonny Angara. (photo from Facebook)

    SEN. Juan Edgardo ‘Sonny’ Angara is the third senator to be infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    Angara on Thursday made public the result of the COVID-19 testing conducted on him last March 16.

    “I regret to announce that today (March 26) I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19. I have been feeling some symptoms like mild fever, cough, headaches, and general weakness. I have not been in contact with the public since taking the test last March 16,” Angara said.

    Angara is the third senator to test positive for the virus. Senate majority floor leader Juan Miguel Zubiri is the first member of the upper chamber to announce that he tested positive. He remains isolated from members of his family, who have all tested negative of the virus.

    Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III learned he is positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, the Makati Medical Center (MMC) denounced him for exposing nurses and doctors who attended to his wife, whom the lawmaker brought to the delivery room allegedly because she was due to deliver via cesarean operation their first-born daughter.

    Pimentel has apologized for his act but insisted he learned of the test result when he was already at the hospital.

    Angara requested the public to join his family in praying for his speedy recovery.

    “I ask for your prayers that together we are able to pull through this tremendous challenge. Let us continue to support all efforts to fight the further spread of the virus,” he said.

    As this developed, the Senate announced that a staff member of Sen. Pia Cayetano also tested positive for COVID-19.

    Senate Secretary Myra Marie Villarica said the staff member, whose identity was withheld, has no recent travel history as “her infection was traced to a person close to her family.”

    Villarica said the office of Cayetano is attending to the medical needs of the employee.

    Villarica said records showed the staff member last reported for work on March 11, the last day of the session, but did not go to the plenary hall. She was not called to work during the special session last Monday.

    “She did not manifest any of the symptoms of COVID-19 then.  It was only after March 11 that she exhibited mild symptoms,” she said.

    The Senate medical team has started contact tracing and has advised all individuals whom the staff member may have interacted with to voluntarily go on self-quarantine.