Wala akong ubo, ‘wag kayong matakot! COVID-positive Koko tells bashers: Don’t discriminate me!
Senator Koko Pimentel did not see anything wrong about visiting his pregnant wife at the Makati Medical Center on May when he was supposed to be in quarantine.
Pimentel claimed he was only inside the upscale hospital for two to three hours on March 24 to meet his wife who was set to give birth on March 25.
Pimentel said he immediately left when he was informed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) that the COVID test he took on March 20 yielded positive results.
“From 6 to 7pm, I checked in the hospital. RITM called me 9 pm. I told the OB even before I told my wife. Then I left her in the hospital. I never went inside the delivery room,” said Pimentel.
“Since I was already inside then I had to leave. Hence I had to walk out of the hospital. Walking out po ‘yon not touring,” he added.
In an interview with DZEC radio, Pimentel said: “Una sa lahat hindi naman ako umuubo, so hindi ako nakakalat ng droplets. Wala ako ubo, so wag masyado matakot. Understand ko yung natatakot pero wag masyadong mag discriminate, kasi ngayon ko nararamdaman ‘yung discrimination.”
” Nag-disinfect naman ang ospital so tama po yung ginawa nila. Humihingi na lang po siguro po ako ng understanding syempre kahit sino naman tao ama na ay magiging excited hindi ko naman po alam,” he added.
Pimentel sought for understanding and proceeded to lecture others to follow quarantine protocol after violating it: “Intindihin po din natin ‘yung mga nakakuha ng virus covid hindi namin kagustuhan ito at disiplina na lang po tayong lahat. Susunod sa social distancing quarantine isolation. ‘Wag naman sana na bawal na silang mabuhay o kumilos understanding lang ang hinihingi ko sa lahat at sana gumaling na tayong lahat.”
MMC doctors and staff were all on edge on March 25 after they were informed that Pimentel was tagged as a carrier.
Pimentel has been savaged on social media for being selfish amid the elevated anxiety and he placed not only his wife and their child at risk but also the doctors and nurses.
By his own admission, Pimentel had experienced the symptoms of COVID body pain as early as March 14 and high fever, sore throat and coughing on March 18.
When asked when did he start his self-quarantine, Pimentel said:”Matagal na akong not moving unless essential.”
Please, don’t call Koko Pimentel stupid. He is not. He is an educated man, a bar top notcher, a senator who is well informed about the guidelines of quarantine and his symptoms. He willingly and knowingly put everyone at risk. He is careless at wala siyang pakialam sa iba.
— Agatha Uvero (@jeanagatha_) March 25, 2020