By Macon Araneta

Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela  Rosa is the fifth and latest senator tested positive for COVID-19.

Dela Rosa sadly announced to the public last November 22 that his test yielded positive results. 

While he has cough and cold, Dela Rosa said he is feeling fine. His eldest daughter also tested positive for the new coronavirus. However, she ‘s asymptomatic or does not have any symptom. 

Two other members of his households– his driver and domestic help — tested positive.

In his Facebook post, Dela Rosa advised those who got in close contact with him to do what is provided under the health protocol on COVID 19.

“I’m sorry to inform you that I tested positive for Covid-19. To all who made contact with me, please do the appropriate protocols,” said the former Philippine National Police chief.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said his  anti gen test turned out negative. Sotto said Dela Rosa was in the  Senate last Wednesday, but they did not get into close contact.

According to Sotto, “Secretariat already checking on effectivity of protocols. Disinfection is almost daily. This past week, entire Senate was disinfected,” he said.

Before Dela Rosa confirmed his diagnosis, Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri  said in the Senate’s closing interpellation of next year’s budget on Friday that a suspected case for Covid-19 was present in the Senate session Hall.

Sen. Richard Gordon reminded those  exposed to Dela Rosa to undergo quarantine to see if they would manifest the symptoms.

The other senators who were infected with the virus but recovered were Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Sonny Angara, Koko Pimentel, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong ” Marcos also got the virus.