Paolo Duterte tests positive for COVID-19, says Davao City Mayor Sara

Herbie Gomez

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File photo of Davao City Representative Paolo Duterte FROM THE CITY GOVERNMENT OF DAVAO FACEBOOK PAGE

(1st UPDATE) Paolo, Davao City 1st District Representative, is the second of the Duterte siblings to test positive for COVID-19. His younger brother, Davao Vice Mayor Sebastian 'Baste' was infected last July.

Another son of President Rodrigo Duterte tested positive for COVID-19.

Davao Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday, September 27, confirmed that her brother Paolo caught the virus.

Paolo, the city’s 1st District representative and a deputy speaker, is the second of the Duterte siblings to test positive for COVID-19. The first was his younger brother, Davao Vice Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, who had to go on quarantine in July.

Mayor Duterte wished her brother well during her “Special Hours with Mayor Inday Sara Duterte” program at the city hall-owned Davao City Disaster Radio.

“Get well soon, congressman,” she said during the radio program that was also live streamed on Facebook.

She said her 46-year-old brother was tested on Sunday, and the result was released on Monday morning.

Mayor Duterte did not say where the congressman was or how he caught the virus.

She said she has yet to get in touch with her her brother, and find out if he has symptoms or if he was asymptomatic.

In a statement, Paolo Duterte’s office said the congressman was in isolation at a hospital while his family was under home quarantine. 

The congressman has not manifested severe symptoms, it said. –

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Herbie Gomez

Herbie Salvosa Gomez is coordinator of Rappler’s bureau in Mindanao, where he has practiced journalism for over three decades. He writes a column called “Pastilan,” after a familiar expression in Cagayan de Oro, tackling issues in the Southern Philippines.