Vice President Leni Robredo will be in self-quarantine after she received word that a close-in security tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“I was with him in the car, in the elevator, and in the office almost every day this week. We have regular surveillance antigen testing in the office and we do follow very strict health protocols but because I was a very close contact, I need to do the required quarantine and do an RT-PCR test after my quarantine,” she said in a Facebook post Saturday, April 17.
Robredo was supposed to leave for her home province of Bicol Saturday to attend the funeral of a close friend, the mother of one of the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) “most dependable go-to staff,” who died a few days ago “after a long bout with cancer.”
But heeding protocols after she received the contact tracing call, the vice president said she will not be able to pay her respects to her friend.
“It is with very heavy heart that I cannot say my final goodbye to Osy and be with Raffy and family at this very difficult time.”
Osy was the vice president’s friend while Raffy is her staff at the OVP handling their COVID-19 response operations.
This is not the first time Robredo had a close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual. Back in October 2020, Robredo, OVP Undersecretary Philip Dy, and some of their staff were under self-isolation.
At the time, the vice president was also tested and was found negative in coronavirus.
Prior to this, the OVP had to temporarily suspend its office operations in July last year after eight of its staffers engaged in COVID-19 response contracted the virus.
Robredo has been very strict with following quarantine protocols as she usually goes in quarantine after out-of-town visits to oversee her office’s programs.
In the past, she shared that during quarantine, she had more time to read books and watch Korean dramas. She usually posts a list of her favorite books and Korean dramas while in quarantine.