Agot slams Koko Pimentel over quarantine breach

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Agot Isidro and Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (Images: Instagram/@agotisidro,
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Agot Isidro criticized Sen. Aquino “Koko” Pimentel after he violated his home quarantine regulation despite being tested for COVID-19.

The actress did not mince her words when she commented on a report stating that Pimentel was asking for understanding after he breached his quarantine.

“Your privilege discriminated other people from taking the test,” Isidro said in her Twitter post yesterday, March 25. “You knew you were at risk!”

“Sumusunod kami sa patakaran,” she added. “Senador ka, kayo ang gumagawa ng mga patakaran.”

(We follow the rules. You are a senator, you make the rules.)

“At magpapaawa ka ngayon?” Isidro asked. “Wag kami, Koko. Wag ngayon.”

(And now you are asking for pity? Not us, Koko. Not now.)

Pimentel drew flak yesterday when he accompanied his pregnant wife Kathryna to the Makati Medical Center (MMC) despite him being under home quarantine since he was awaiting his COVID-19 test results. The senator later found out that he had tested positive for the disease while he was at the hospital.

Rumors soon circulated that he still stayed in the medical center despite knowing his COVID-19 test results. Pimentel later denied the speculations.

The management of MMC then denounced Pimentel’s “irresponsible and reckless” actions in a statement it released yesterday. It stressed that the violation of his quarantine “unduly exposed healthcare workers to possible infection.”

Following the statement, Pimentel’s wife claimed that the senator never joined her in the delivery room. However, MMC’s medical director and Interim COO Dr. Saturnino Javier confirmed in an interview with radio station DZMM that Pimentel was with his wife in the complex that houses the delivery room. The said complex has since been disinfected and is now deemed safe.

Javier also assured the public that contact tracing had already been done after the senator’s trip to the hospital. He said that roughly six to eight people will be subjected to quarantine due to being exposed to Pimentel.

The senator has since apologized to the hospital for breaching his quarantine protocol. Pimentel’s wife is still at MMC awaiting delivery of their baby.  /ra

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