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Ping Lacson tests positive for Covid-19

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Partido Reporma standard bearer Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing an RT-PCR test.

Lacson stated in a tweet that he has already informed those he has recently come into contact with about his COVID-19 positive test result.

“Immediately informed all my Jan. 3 physical contacts of my Jan. 4 COVID-positive test result which was released only last night, Jan. 6 so they can take extra precautions to protect their loved ones and others,” the senator said.

Previously, Lacson lamented the slow release of the results of the swab test he took on January 4 in an earlier tweet.

This prompted him to take another test, the results of which were released almost simultaneously as the results of his first swab test.

“Halos sabay (at pareho lang) ng result ng second swab test ko na kahapon ng hapon lang ginawa. Kaya nga ako nag tweet ng ‘incompetence’ kasi home service yun at binayaran namin ng extra with the assurance na within 12 hours makukuha na namin ang result,” Lacson explained in a message to reporters.

“Kaya sa mga nag bash after my tweet, hindi nila alam ang pinanggalingan ng hinaing ko…More than my own anxiety, I was worried about my wife’s result since may comorbidity siya,” he added.

He further said: “Further, ang isa ko pang anak na nagpa-swab one day after namin ni Mrs, nakuha niya agad the following day ang negative result niya [Further, my other child took a swab test a day after my wife and I and he got the result, which was negative, the following day].”

Lacson agreed to a swab test after one of his sons, his driver, and a housekeeper tested positive for the disease.

He had another COVID-19 swab test on Thursday because the results of his previous test had not yet been released.

Lacson is the second senator and first presidential candidate to contract COVID-19 this year, as cases of the omicron variant have risen by the thousands in the Philippines.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

“National and local governments must embark on an aggressive mass testing, mass contact tracing and mass booster shots,” Lacson told reporters in a text message.

“The process to vaccinate 5 to 11-year-olds must be accelerated,” he added.

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