Senator Bato recovers from COVID-19

Published December 14, 2020, 6:53 PM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has recovered from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa (Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

Dela Rosa told reporters Monday that he already tested negative for the COVID-19. He received the result of his confirmatory test Friday, December 11.

“Negative na ako since last Friday (I am negative of the disease since last Friday),” he said in a text message.

He said he is also mulling on donating his blood plasma to help in ongoing studies for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

His colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, also COVID-19 survivors, had donated their plasma to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

The PGH, along with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), is looking into the possible use of convalescent plasma extracted from those who recovered from COVID-19 as cure for hospitalized patients.

Dela Rosa last November 20 tested positive for coronavirus infection. His eldest daughter also contracted the disease.

From an isolation facility, the senator was transferred to a hospital last November 23 after experiencing fever and colds. He was discharged from the hospital December 4.

Following his recovery from COVID-19, Dela Rosa said he will be “more focused on the spiritual life…more on fulfilling God’s commandments.”

Dela Rosa is the fifth senator to contract and recover from the COVID-19, following Zubiri, Angara, Sens. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.