'Unwell' Bongbong Marcos waiting for COVID-19 test results, Imee says

'Unwell' Bongbong Marcos waiting for COVID-19 test results, Imee says
In this October 16 photo, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. accompanies his sister then-Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos in filing her certificate of candidacy for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
The STAR / Krizjohn Rosales, file

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 1:44 p.m.) — Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has undergone a test for COVID-19, his sister, Sen. Imee Marcos said.

Bongbong on Thursday afternoon confirmed Imee’s earlier statement he is “unwell” and said that he is “doing ok and contrary to popular belief, [on self-quarantine].”

The former senator shared a photo of himself holding "The Daily Tribune" newspaper.

Bongbong said that they are still waiting for the results of the COVID-19 test.

“Fortunately, I feel much better and am getting stronger by the day. I have no doubt in my mind that this is partly due to excellent work of the nurses and doctors who helped me during this time,” Bongbong added.

Trip from Spain

News5 reported that Imee confirmed that Bongbong returned from a trip in Spain “unwell.”

Bongbong underwent a test for the novel coronavirus disease two days ago and results have yet to be released.

“Finally got a test two nights ago, getting better at home, (pero) wala pang result,” Imee was quoted as saying.

Marcoses flew to Singapore?

Rumors of Bongbong being intubated at a hospital for a supposed pneumonia diagnosis swirled Wednesday night.

A STAR report dated March 24, meanwhile, said that Imee was advised by her doctors to avoid public gatherings since she has a cough. 

Former Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Reuben Lista, a conveor of Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong, denied the rumors that Bongbong was airlifted to Singapore.

He also refuted reports that Imee was also unwell and flew to Singapore with her brother,

“Tell them that she is very busy calling on friends and government officers for PPEs, masks, food, money and other needs of front liners and our people,” Lista said.

At least four lawmakers have announced that they tested positive on COVID-19. They are Sens. Miguel Zubiri, Koko Pimentel, Sonny Angara and Rep. Eric Yap (ACT-CIS party-list). — Kristine Joy Patag with report from News5/Meann Los Baños





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