MANILA, Philippines — Senators Panfilo Lacson and Sherwin Gatchalian have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In a Twitter post on Friday, Lacson confirmed that he has contracted the virulent virus after undergoing the test on January 4.
He said he has informed all his close contacts since January 3 about his condition and advised them to take the necessary precaution.
“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. Thank God no one is exhibiting symptoms. Wearing our masks helped much,” Lacson said.
Meanwhile, Gatchalian announced his COVID-19 positive result in a Viber message to Senate reporters.
Gatchalian said he tested positive Friday but only experienced mild symptoms.
The senator assured that he is following strict health protocols by self-quarantining away from family members, friends, and the public.
He also appealed to the public to get vaccinated and boosted.
“This is to inform the public that I tested positive for COVID-19 today. Following strict health protocols, I went on self-quarantine away from family, friends, and the public,” he said.
“So far, I am only experiencing mild symptoms from the virus and this goes to show that the vaccines are effective and working against it. I enjoin everyone to get your booster shots right away,” he added. —/mbmf