By Mario B. Casayuran
The health condition of former senator Ferdinand ‘’Bongbong’’ R. Marcos Jr. is improving after following health protocols for COVID-19-positive patients.
Marcos had himself tested at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City on March 14, a day after arriving from Spain, a country that has one of the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Europe.
Marcos’s health status was released to Senate reporters by his lawyer, Victor Rodriguez, through Honey Rose Mercado, the former’s spokesperson.
Rodriguez said Marcos is one of the thousands of Filipinos fighting the coronavirus and being treated in isolation areas.
Quoting Marcos, Rodriguez said the only time the former senator went out of his house was last March 22 when he went to the emergency room of a private hospital after experiencing shortness of breath.
He said the hospital conducted tests on him and later allowed him to go home, but advised him to go into self-quarantine .
Marcos did not mention the name of the hospital.
Young Marcos is the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos and brother of Senator Imee R. Marcos.
“Simula noong Marso 13, 2020 hanggang sa ngayon ay sinusunod ng dating senador ang health protocol sa mga PUI at taimtim at tahimik nyang tinupad ang ipinaiiral na proseso ng gamutan, tulad ng safety mask at self-quarantine, at walang ingay na inilayo ang kanyang sarili maging sa kanyang pamilya ‘gaya ng isang simple, responsable at ordinaryong pasyente,” Rodriguez said.
(Starting last March 13 up to now, the former senator has been following, assiduously and quietly, the health protocols for persons under investigation (PUI), such as wearing a safety mask and entering self-quarantine, and he distanced himself without fanfare from others, even the members of his family, just like a simple, responsible, and ordinary patient.)
‘’Ang resulta ng CoVid-19 test sa senador ay inilabas ng RITM noong hapon ng Marso 28, 2020 kung saan sinasabing siya’y nag- positibo sa naturang mikrobyo,’’ he added.
(The result of the senator’s COVID-19 test, released by RITM in the afternoon of March 28, shows he is positive for the coronavirus.)
A photo of Marcos was recently posted on social media, showing him seated on a bed in his Makati residence.