Robredo tests negative for Covid-19 but stays in quarantine

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo announced she has tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in time for her birthday on Friday.

“I quarantined strictly inside my bedroom for [seven] straight days,” she said in a Facebook post. “Even if I tested negative already, I was advised by our doctor to finish at least the 10-day minimum quarantine period.”

Robredo added that the past eight days “passed by so swiftly because we [were] all immersed with our Bayanihan E-Konsulta operations”.

The country’s second highest official has revealed that she was under quarantine after being in “very close” contact with her security aide who contracted COVID-19.

But her spokesman, lawyer Barry Gutierrez, assured that she will still supervise the operations of her office, including the Swab Cab and the Bayanihan E-Konsulta, from home.

In a separate Facebook post on Thursday, the Vice President expressed her gratitude to everyone who extended their greetings. She also reminded the public not to let their guard down and follow health and safety protocols.

“I have been reading posts about friends and supporters doing a lugaw (rice porridge) feeding program,” Robredo said. “Just want to remind everyone to take extra precaution because we are still in the middle of the pandemic.”

The feeding program is today, Friday.