COVID-19

House Deputy Speaker Oaminal tests positive for COVID-19

Rambo Talabong
House Deputy Speaker Oaminal tests positive for COVID-19

POSITIVE. House Deputy Speaker and Misamis Occidental 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal tests positive for COVID-19.

Henry Oaminal's Facebook page

Deputy Speaker Henry Oaminal says he experienced 'malaise and fever' before testing positive

House Deputy Speaker and Misamis Occidental 2nd District Representative Henry Oaminal announced on Tuesday, May 18, that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Good afternoon, everyone. I regret to inform you that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I was swabbed after experiencing body malaise and fever,” Oaminal posted on his verified Facebook account

Oaminal said he had reported his status to the Ozamiz City Health Office. He called on people he interacted with from May 15 onwards to go on quarantine. He last tested positive on May 14. 

Oaminal joins a lengthening list of lawmakers who have been infected by the virus, which includes Anakalusugan Representative Mike Defensor and Majority Leader and Leyte 1st District Representative Martin Romualdez

The pandemic has also claimed the life of one lawmaker. Senior Citizens Representative Francisco “Jun” Datol Jr, 71, died in August 2020 after being infected by the virus. 

The infections among lawmakers coincide with the high incidence of cases in the Philippines, attributed in part to the slow reopening of the economy and the arrival of more infectious virus variants. 

As of Monday, May 17, the Philippines had confirmed a total of 1,149,925 COVID-19 cases, including 1,076,428 recoveries and 19,262 deaths. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.