Rep. Emmarie “Lolipop” Ouano-Dizon (Cebu, 6th district) confirmed she attended a meeting with Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel lll. But the Cebuana solon however clarified that the meeting was very early on before Pimentel was reported to have acquired the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).
The meeting was last March 4 among PDP-Laban party members where Pimentel is the party president. Dizon said even if she did not felt any symptoms of COVID-19, she opted to have a14-day quarantine and that she already finished it, adding, she doesn’t need any further testing.
“Let me assure everyone that I am fully okay. I have completed the 14-day self-imposed home quarantine. The event, a PDP meeting, happened on March 4, 2020, or 22 days ago,” Ouano-Dizon said in a statement to the media. The Mandaue based lawmaker said the COVID testing kits should be better given to those that need it most.
“Since I did not exhibit any of the signs of infection throughout my quarantine period, I deemed it proper not to ask for Covid testing, as the limited testing supplies should be used by those who really need it most,” Ouano-Dizon said. iNews.Ph learned that the meeting took placed in the Makati City residence of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the party’s senate contingent leader.
Based on the timeline however on how Pimentel could have acquired the virus, it started after a senate resource person was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive and have attended the hearing chaired by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian. Gatchalian announced to go on voluntary quarantine along with Sen. Nancy Binay last March 11.
As he felt some symptoms, Pimentel started isolating from his wife Kathryna last March 14 and eventually decided that he will take a COVID-19 test like Gatchalian and Binay. Pimentel had his test last Mar. 20 and was informed of his result last Mar. 24 when he accompanied his wife at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) for supposed delivery of birth.
The MMC criticized Pimentel for the breach of his quarantine protocol thereby putting its medical personnel at risk for COVID-19 infection. For her part, Ouano-Dizon explained that she had to answer the concerns of well-meaning friends as the photo was erroneously said to have been taken on March 10.
Dizon clarified it was actually on March 4. “Well-meaning friends and constituents expressed their concern for my well being after a picture/video dated March 10, 2020, is being circulated, showing me in the company of Senator Koko Pimentel, among others.
This is relevant because of recent news that Senator Pimentel tested positive for Covid-19,” Ouano-Dizon said. Among those that attended the meeting were Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco; Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel; Bicol lawmaker Rep. Joey Salceda and Pacquiao’s younger brother Rep. Ruel Pacquiao of Sarangani, among others./AAJ
Here is the statement in toto of Cong. Emmarie Ouano-Dizon:
Let me assure everyone that I am fully okay. I have completed the 14-day self-imposed home quarantine. The event, a PDP meeting, happened on March 4, 2020 or 22 days ago. Since I did not exhibit any of the signs of infection throughout my quarantine period, I deemed it proper not to ask for Covid testing, as the limited testing supplies should be used by those who really need it most. Let us continue to pray that this crisis will soon be over, and let us support our Government’s efforts for the good of all. Thank you.