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Tolentino apologizes for taking COVID-19 test

By Marjaleen Ramos

Senator Francis Tolentino apologized on Sunday for having himself tested for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Senator Francis "Tol" N. Tolentino (Senator Francis Tolentino official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senator Francis “Tol” N. Tolentino
(Senator Francis Tolentino official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I apologize if I undertook the same as I was likewise exposed to the persons my colleagues got in contact with during our hearings,” Tolentino said in Facebook post.

The senator, however, maintained that he had developed symptoms during self-quarantine so he took the test.

“My colds and dry cough persisted during my self-quarantine, thus I took a test, after my [self-prescribed] cough medication appeared insufficient after four days.”

Tolentino had earlier announced that he tested negative for COVID-19.

“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 said.

Tolentino also clarified that the test he took was not administered by the Department of Health.

As of Monday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has reached 380, with 25 fatalities.



Source: Manila Bulletin

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