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Pacquiao uses S. Korean testing kit, tests negative

/ 05:12 AM March 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Manny Pacquiao has tested negative for the new coronavirus disease based on a rapid testing kit that has yet to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Pacquiao said in a statement that a friend in South Korea gave him the kit, which was similar to the ones being used in that country.

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Pacquiao said he had been staying at his house since March 24 after a special session in the Senate.

The barangay chair of his Makati village had sent him a letter asking him to self-quarantine and be a “model example” based on photos, shared on social media, of a March 4 party at his house attended by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, who had tested positive for the disease.

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Pacquiao, however, questioned the circulation of the letter on social media, saying it was a total disregard of his privacy. He said he would refer the matter to the proper authorities for investigation.

—Leila B. Salaverria

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