Mar 25, 2020 @ 19:12
Angered netizens trend #KOKOCovidiot, #KOKOCovidiot-19 after Pimentel tested positive for virus
Netizens are angered by the alleged irresponsibility of Senator Koko Pimentel. The abogado has earned the ire of many after it was declared that he tested positive for COVID-19 and still exposed the Makati Medical Center staff including her pregnant wife by going with her to a check-up.
Economist, David Rosario used the hashtag #kokocovid19 in airing his sentiment against the senator and his colleagues. He called majority of the senators “a joke” after hearing about the news of his hospital visit.
Once and for all, let’s all just say it together. Most of our Senators are a joke. #kokocovid19
— David Rosario (@mister_sen) March 25, 2020
One netizen also did not mince her words against Pimentel and used the hashtag: KOKOCOVIDIOT-19 on her tweet. She said that she just lessened the available frontliners because of his insistence to go inside MMC. She also added that the abogado should feel pity towards the Filipino people who are suffering due to the pandemic.
Yung nababawasan na ang mga medical frontliners dahil sa Covid-19
Pero eto pa si Koko Pimintel na positive sa Covid-19 pakalat-kalat sa MMC. Anubayan! Maawa ka naman sa mga Pinoy!
— Peksi (@Peksi42677554) March 25, 2020
One netizen also listed down his misdeeds in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic after he supported the prohibition against tricycles. He likened this to his ignorance in still going to a hospital with his pregnant wife.
Koko pimentel almost a week ago: agrees w/ tricycle prohibition kasi baliwala lang daw quarantine kung makakagalaw mga tao
Also Koko pimentel: went around and roamed the delivery room knowing he was positive with the covid-19 and that he has a pregnant wife
— ᜊᜅᜆᜈ⁷ no bundles | reading tgcf (@yiIingtan) March 25, 2020
Netizen Reginald Vibar also gave a witty punch against Pimentel and said that he didn’t use his “KOKOte” when he roamed around, putting everyone at risk despite being COVID-19 positive.
Unfortunately, Sen Koko Pimentel did not use his “KOKOte”. He was tested and positive for Covid-19 but still, he went to the hospital and accompanied his pregnant wife and put the front liners at risk.
— Regienald Vibar (@r_vibar) March 25, 2020
Meanwhile, some wants to hold the abogado liable for his actions. Netizen Jim Gumboc said that the Philippines should try to imitate Italian laws and charge those who display symptoms but refuse to isolate. He believes that there is intentional murder if you are guilty of needlessly spreading the virus.
Koko Pimentel & those who lied about having COVID-19 should be held liable for their actions. It’s time to implement the same law in Italy.Those who display symptoms & refuse to self-isolate, & who then end up needlessly passing on the virus could be charged w/ intentional murder https://t.co/fnVwUt7cJX
— Jim (@JimGumboc) March 25, 2020
Despite the backlash, the wife of the abogado, Kathryna Yu-Pimentel has issued a statement denying the senator’s presence in the Makati Medical examination room. The abogado’s wife also slammed Makati Medical Center for insisting on a story that isn’t true.
Pimentel: Sir Igan… I feel really sad they are insisting I was in the delivery room & Sen. Koko… never reached inside the delivery room… I took the stress test for the baby inside the examination room. I even asked the nurse anong tawag sa room na pinagdalhan sakin.
— The Philippine Star (@PhilippineStar) March 25, 2020
To date, the abogado’s name is the number one trending topic on Philippine Twitter.
KOKOCovidiot or KOKOCovictim? You decide!