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Koko Pimentel Was Spotted Shopping in S&R During Supposed Quarantine

He was out and about.
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Senator Koko Pimentel has been under the microscope for not only breaking the rules of self-quarantine, but also for contaminating the delivery ward of the Makati Medical Center. A quick review: The senator, as well as other members of the Senate, was exposed to a COVID-19 patient on March 11. He began experiencing symptoms, including body pains, fever, and sore throat, on the 14th. He was tested for the coronavirus on March 20. 

According to DOH regulations, anyone exposed to COVID-19 patients regardless of result should undergo a 14-day self-quarantine. This means that from March 12 until March 25, Pimentel should stay at home, isolated from everyone, including his pregnant wife. 

On March 24, however, Pimentel and his wife were spotted together at Makati Medical Center. The latter said that he felt like accompanying his wife to her scheduled C-section was "essential travel." On March 25, Pimentel was confirmed positive for the virus. 

The Internet exploded with social media calling out the senator for breaching quarantine rules and endangering the lives of people who were in contact with him. MMC issued a statement, which was supported by the medical community. 

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Prior to taking the test, the PDP-Laban president also revealed that he attended a meeting as well as two parties, which saw him mingling with other politicians. As the issue blew up, netizens also claimed that they saw the senator doing grocery shopping during the duration of his quarantine.

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S&R Bonifacio Global City confirmed this with a statement. According to the company: "It was confirmed that the senator was at S&R BGC on March 16, 2020. CCTV footage showed him checking out at counter 13 exactly 11:59 p.m."

S&R has already put the employees exposed to Pimentel under quarantine and assured the public that disinfection is done in stores daily.

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