Sotto: Lorenzana is COVID-19 false positive

Published November 19, 2021, 9:29 PM

by Mario Casayuran

It is safe to go to the Senate.

This, after Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Friday, Nov. 19 informed via text Senate President Vicente C. Sotto that he was tested COVID-19 ‘’false positive.’’

‘’False positive,’’ according to definitions from Oxford languages, means ‘’a test result which incorrectly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is present.’’

In his Viber account sent to Senate reporters tonight, Sotto said Lorenzana texted informing him of his latest RT-PCR negative test.

‘’It appears the Wednesday test was false positive,’’ Sotto added.

Lorenzana went to the Senate last Tuesday to help Senator Ronald ‘’Bato’’ dela Rosa defend the proposed 2022 budget of the Department of National Defense.

Last Wednesday night, he informed Sotto that he was COVID-19 positive.

This forced the Senate to stop its deliberations on the budgets of various government departments, agencies and offices until it has fumigated its building.

Sotto and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri were forced to close the Senate building and directive that senators and their staff adopt strict quarantine protocols.

Budget deliberations will resume Monday.

Senator Joel Villanueva, who had shaken hands with Lorenzana during the latter’s visit to the Senate, later said he was tested negative.

Other senators who were near Lorenzana were expected to have themselves tested tomorrow or on Sunday.

The senators include Sotto, Sherwin T. Gatchalian, Francis Tolentino, dela Rosa and Nancy Binay.