Senator 'Bato' still in hospital recovering from COVID-19

Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa is in a hospital recovering from COVID-19, his office said Thursday.

Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa

"Nasa hospital pa po si Sen. Pero improving na daw po ang pakiramdam niya (The senator is still in the hospital but his condition is improving)," Dela Rosa's office said in an update to reporters.

Dela Rosa is expected to be discharged soon "since he is recovering", the staff member added.

He later confirmed this in a separate text message: "Malapit na akong makalabas sa hospital."

The senator, who tested positive for novel coronavirus infection last November 20, has been confined in an undisclosed hospital since November 23 after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

His daughter also contracted the disease but was asymptomatic. According to a staff member, she will complete her 14-day mandatory isolation tomorrow, Friday, and is set to be released from the quarantine facility.

Last November 23, Dela Rosa took to Facebook to greet his daughter on her birthday while in the isolation facility.

"We promised each other to win this battle together until last night at the eve of your birthday we were separated because I had to be transferred to an undisclosed hospital," he said.

"My heart was so broken not to be with you on your birthday leaving you alone on this natal day of yours. We say times are so cruel sometimes but we know everything happens for a reason," he added.

Dela Rosa is the fifth senator who got infected with COVID-19. Senators Zubiri, Sonny Angara, Koko Pimentel and Bong Revilla have all recovered from the disease.