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CNN Philippines : Bongbong Marcos in isolation after exposure to COVID-positive staff; sorry for skipping Comelec hearing

News & Interviews
7 January 2022

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7)— Presidential aspirant Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. is currently under isolation after getting exposed to staff who have tested positive for COVID-19.

"Two personalities who're with Marcos almost every day have been tested positive of the coronavirus - his chief of staff, lawyer Vic Rodriguez and his security escort, prompting the former senator to go in isolation," his camp said in a statement on Friday.

On the same day, Marcos failed to show up for the Commission on Elections' pre-conference for the disqualification petitions lodged against him — despite an order from the poll body to attend physically or virtually.

The hearing was delayed as presiding commissioner Rowena Guanzon demanded a medical certificate to justify Marcos' absence.

"Why don't you ask your client to go on Zoom? Even if he's in isolation he can have a laptop or a phone," Guanzon said.

Marcos' camp explained the former senator suffered from fever and had "difficulty in speaking due to a painfully congested throat."

This was also cited in the medical certificate which the group presented during the last few minutes of the proceedings.

The camp has since apologized to Comelec — particularly Guanzon — for Marcos' absence during the hearing.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Melissa Lopez contributed to this report.