Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr., reported on Monday afternoon that he tested positive for the COVID-19 through a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test.
“I received confirmation that I have tested positive to COVID-19 with the result of my RT-PCR this afternoon,” he said in a statement.
Antigen testing revealed Faustino was positive for COVID-19 shortly before his scheduled meet and greet with defense reporters on Monday morning.
AFP spokesperson Army Col. Ramon Zagala previously stated that Faustino is presently under self-isolation with his close connections, as per protocol.
“Fortunately, I am fully vaccinated and in high spirits to continue performing my job, albeit in quarantine,” he said.
Faustino stated that he will remain in command of the AFP, but he will continue to follow the required isolation policy to protect his coworkers and family.
“In fact, I intend to join virtually the Western Mindanao Command Change of Command Ceremony tomorrow (Tuesday),” he added.
Faustino further advised everyone to help the government’s immunization efforts by being vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine whenever and wherever they can as a result of this event.