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Isabela lawmaker isolates self after Yap tests positive for COVID-19

01:13 PM March 26, 2020
Antonio “Tonypet” Albano

Rep. Antonio “Tonypet” Albano. PHOTO from http://www.congress.gov.ph

CITY OF ILAGAN, ISABELA –– Rep. Antonio “Tonypet” Albano said he underwent “serious self-isolation again for 14 days,” because he had been in contact with Act-CIS Partylist Rep. Eric Yap, who had tested positive for COVID-19.

“We were the few lawmakers who went to Congress to pass the emergency powers for President Duterte to fight this deadly virus for all of you. Congressman Eric and I worked closely together [for 20 hours] to fix and amend this bill with everyone else. I practiced social distancing with everyone there, but I had my mask off at times when we were all eating and working,” Albano recalled.

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Albano said his asthma would force him to remove his mask for more than ten minutes. “So, I take it off and stay away from my colleagues. I hope that was enough in an air-conditioned congressional hall and dining area,” he said.

“We bravely went to work and two of our congressmen are now positive with COVIC-19, two congressional staff have died, and many more are patients under investigation and persons under monitoring,” Albano lamented following social media criticisms against lawmakers for abusing or ignoring COVID protocols.

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