By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Sunday admitted he was gripped with anxiety the moment he learned he was positive for COVID-19, and overcoming it made him feel God gave him a second chance in life.
“Medyo kinabahan din ako dahil at that time parang wala kang naririnig masyado na nakaka-recover sa COVID. Parang nate-tepok lahat ng nakakuha, so natakot din kaming mag-asawa, (I got nervous when I learned I was positive for COVID-19, because at that time we don’t hear much about people recovering from COVID. It seems all those who contracted it die, so my wife and I were both afraid),” Angara said in an interview over GMANews TV.
They also debated on whether or not he should immediately go to the hospital which was the advice of their doctors.
“Eh, ako medyo takot ako sa mga ospital so ayoko munang magpa-check in. So two days after ko makuha ang aking diagnosis na COVID positive noong March 26, nagpunta na ako sa ospital (I’m afraid of going to the hospital so I initially didn’t check-in. Two days after I got my diagnosis that I was COVID positive last March 26, I decided to go to the hospital),” he narrated.
Angara said he opted to undergo testing primarily because he experienced all the symptoms of having the coronavirus, especially when he lost his sense of smell and taste.
The senator said that unlike Senators Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III who also tested positive but were asymptomatic, he was confused why he contracted the virus and was symptomatic despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Nevertheless, he said he is glad that none of his staff and even the people within his home got infected with COVID.
Asked what he realized after his ordeal with COVID-19, Angara said the sacrifices rendered by the doctors, nurses were definitely no joke.
“Para silang mga bumbero, pag humarap sila sa’yo, balot na balot…biro mo bawa’t isang pasyente nila pwede silang hawaan pero ginagawa pa rin nila yung kanilang trabaho. Tapos yung iba hindi na umuuwi sa kanilang pamilya (They were like firemen when they attend to you, they are in full gear…just imagine they can contract the virus because of the patients they attend to but they still choose to do their jobs. The others could no longer go back to their families),” he recounted.
“At a personal level, feeling ko, pinagbigyan ako ng Diyos muli ng isa pang tsansa. So talagang gusto kong pagbutihin pa itong susunod na kabanata ng aking buhay. Sana mas matindi yung maibibigay kong serbisyo sa publiko (I think God gave me another chance. That’s why I want to do better in the next chapter of my life. I hope I can provide an even better public service),” Angara said.
At the same time, Angara called for the strict implementation of the country’s anti-discrimination law, which he said should cover medical front liners in the fight against COVID-19.