Manila bishop who criticized COVID-19 church restrictions contracts the disease

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Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, said he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease but is not feeling any symptoms. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 23 ) — Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, said he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease but is not feeling any symptoms.

"I am now in a designated area for quarantine observing strict protocol as required," he said in a statement on Thursday, adding that he had taken a swab test.

He assured that his staff and people he came in contact with have already tested negative for the virus. Another priest will stand in for him at his scheduled Sunday and Monday masses at the Manila Cathedral, Pabillo said.

Earlier, the bishop slammed the government for imposing "unreasonable" restrictions on religious activities, including limiting devotees in churches to a maximum of 10. He said the "one-size fits all" directive is "laughable" in the case of huge churches, adding government should instead recommend the physical distance between persons inside the church.