Vice President Leni Robredo will spend her 56th birthday in self-isolation despite testing negative for the second time to an RT-PCR test for the coronavirus disease.
Robredo will turn 56 tomorrow (Friday), but it will be a quiet birthday for the country’s second-highest official because she had to self-quarantine starting last week.
The vice president had a close contact to her close-in security who tested positive for COVID-19.
“Got my negative RT PCR result just a few minutes ago. I quarantined strictly inside my bedroom for 7 straight days. Went out early this morning to have myself tested and went back to my cave to wait for my result,” she said in a Facebook post Thursday night.
She shared that upon learning her test result, she went down to greet their family’s dog, Rocco, a happy birthday. Rocco turned five years old.
“Time really flies,” the lady official said.
Although she tested negative twice already, the doctor advised her to finish the 10-day minimum quarantine period.
Under health protocols, self-quarantine can be as short as 10 days if the person showed no symptoms and had two negative test results.
“The 8 days passed by so swiftly because we’re all immersed with our Bayanihan E-Konsulta operations,” Robredo said, referring to her office’s free medical teleconsultation service for COVID-19 and non-COVID patients.
“Tomorrow, I will still be on quarantine but I’ll be working here at home. It will just be me, Aika and Tricia since Jillian is away,” she said in a later post.
The three are the vice president’s daughters with the late Interior secretary and Naga mayor Jesse Robredo.
She recalled she never held parties during her birthday, but she celebrated it by attending mass and having a “quite dinner“ with family instead.
Robredo also expressed her appreciation for those who remembered her birthday, particularly for her friends and supporters.
Her expression of gratitude was prompted by the lugaw feeding program that they will be conducting in time for her birthday.
“It’s the best thing to do on your special day -by being a blessing to other people. This pandemic has truly brought kindness and compassion among us. I am truly appreciative,” she said.
“Just want to remind everyone to take extra precaution because we are still in the middle of the pandemic. Please make sure that there will be no gathering of big groups and always, always ensure physical distancing,” Robredo added.