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Sen. Koko Pimentel slammed by celebs, medical professionals, netizens for breaking quarantine despite being COVID-19 positive

Senator Koko Pimentel earned public outrage by going out of his house and visiting the Makati Medical Center despite being COVID-19 positive.

  • He said that he was there to accompany his wife who was scheduled to give birth.
  • Netizens, celebrities, and health workers expressed their frustration. 

On March 25, Senator Koko Pimentel was revealed to be the second senator to test positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after Senator Miguel Zubiri.

Shortly after the news broke out, he was heavily criticized by netizens after he admitted to accompanying his wife to the hospital on the night of March 24 despite being an asymptomatic person under investigation (PUI).

The Makati Medical Center (MMC), where Pimentel’s wife was scheduled to deliver a baby through cesarean section, denounced the “irresponsible and reckless action of the senator“.

“Senator Pimentel violated his Home Quarantine Protocol, entered the premises of MMC-Delivery Room Complex, this, unduly exposed healthcare workers to possible infection,” the hospital’s official statement said.

MMC then had to quarantine nurses and doctors he encountered in spite of the already dwindling workforce in the hospital. The MMC-DR also had to undergo full decontamination and disinfection before it could be used again.

Netizens have expressed how horrified they are with the situation that a senator would think it was okay to wander outside of their home in spite of possibly being contagious.

Juan Miguel Severo was one of those who reminded everyone to keep the issue in mind when deciding who to vote for in the 2022 elections.

“Shame on you for putting everyone around you in danger,” a Twitter user named Agatha Wong stated.

A netizen also noticed that MMC uploaded a photo informing everyone about the Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

They also commended Kapuso journalist and news anchor Jessica Soho for asking controversial questions from Senator Pimentel.

Vicky Morales’ frustration was also evident when she was interviewing Dr. Bong Javier from MMC.

Here are other netizens slamming Pimentel for his violation.

Celebrities have also spoken up about the issue. Inquirer columnist Manuel Quezon III quoted MMC’s statement acknowledging the strong language that the hospital used to express their frustration.

Vance Larena also quoted MMC’s statement with the words “Go to hell Koko Pimentel!”

It seemed like Kapamilya star Enchong Dee is speechless.

Agot Isidro pointed out that the senator is a lawmaker but broke the law himself and was trying to justify it.

Other personalities Tweeted about the issue.

Medical professionals also called out Pimentel on twitter

Pimentel has asked the public to understand his situation as his wife was about to give birth at that time.

Written by J M

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