MANILA, Philippines (MDN National News) – A top-ranking official of the government revealed to the media that President Rodrigo Duterte is going to take the swab test on July 26, before his state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles confirmed this report on Saturday, July 25, to the media.
Prior to Nograles revelation of the president’s swab test, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also announced to the media that Duterte will take the RT-PCR test.
Nograles also said not only the president will undergo swab testing but also those invited to join the president’s regular state of the nation address.
The president, according to Nograles, want to physically deliver his Sona before a Congress’ joint session that will be held at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
Those official, Nograles said, who will test positive of the swab test or rapid test, will no longer be allowed to attend the Sona as a precautionary measure.
Nograles said: “By any unforeseen circumstances, mukhang preparado naman ang Kongreso sa tanggap nila kay Pangulong Duterte para sa kanyang State of the Nation Address doon sa House of Representatives.” “Ang kaibahan nga lang, iilan lang ang makaka-attend. Iilang mga kongresista, piling pili. Pati ang mga senador, piling pili para magkakaroon talaga ng social distancing.”
Meanwhile, Senator Vicente Sotto III in a radio interview said he will be attending physically at the Batasang Pambansa. The senator also confirmed the senators are scheduled to have their swab testing on Monday morning since the sona will be done in the afternoon.
“Yung ibang magpa-participate dapat. Lahat ‘yun naka-sked bukas. Kaming senator naka-sked Monday ng umaga. Naka-sked uli kami ng PCR test sa Monday,” the senator said adding that all senators will be in attendence, if all tested negative of the swab test.
Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Koko Pimentel and Sonny Angara all tested positive of the deadly coronavirus disease in the past months.