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Palace defends Pimentel amid COVID-19 scare



Malacañang on Wednesday night defended Senator Koko Pimentel from critics for accompanying his wife, Kathryna Yu-Pimentel to the Makati Medical Center’s delivery room despite allegedly knowing he is COVID-19 positive.

In a phone interview, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that if Pimentel already knew that he is already positive with the virus, he himself won’t risk the life of his own wife and still unborn child by going to the hospital.

“I think it’s not his fault because one, his wife will be giving birth and two, he did not know yet that he was positive of the disease,” said Panelo in a telephone interview with Daily Tribune.

“If he’s not aware that he has symptoms of the virus, how can you blame him?” he added.

The Palace official also said that the Palace is giving the senator the benefit of the doubt with regards to his actions.

Earlier, Pimentel refuted the allegations that he called up Health Secretary Francisco Duque III when MMC denied to admit them in the hospital as Mrs. Pimentel is scheduled to give birth on Wednesday morning.

“I talked to Secretary Duque this morning, March 25, 2020 and he just asked me about my situation. By that time, I have already checked my wife Kath in the hospital since yesterday 6-7 p.m., March 24 2020,” Koko said in a text message.

“Hence, Sec. Duque has and had nothing to do with our getting a room and any room at the hospital. The good secretary was informed of my situation apparently by my sister,” he added.