Roque says it's 'un-Christian' to speculate about his confinement despite reported COVID-19 bed shortage

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) — For Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, it is "un-Christian" to ask how he was able to immediately secure a hospital bed, while other COVID-19 patients are grappling to find medical facilities to get treated.

In his briefing on Monday, Roque refused to expound how he was quickly admitted to the Philippine General Hospital over the weekend after disclosing that he contracted the virus for the second time.

When CNN Philippines asked Roque how he managed to get a bed while many infected patients had to wait for days to get admitted, he responded: "With all due respect, I think that is an un-Christian question."

"Ang aking assurance lang, sa administrasyon ni Pangulong Duterte, lahat ng merong pangangailangang medikal ay mabibigyan ng tulong," he said.

[Translation: My only assurance is that under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, everyone who has medical needs will be assisted.]

Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal -- collectively known as NCR Plus -- are now under a modified enhanced community quarantine until the end of the month, after government officials claimed that they are already ramping up the country's bed capacity to accommodate more COVID-19 patients.

READ: Metro Manila, six provinces to shift to MECQ 

During the two-week enhanced community quarantine, some doctors' groups lamented situations in hospitals amid rising COVID-19 cases — long lines in emergency rooms, overworked medical staff, medical resources running out, and dying patients who could not get immediate treatment.

READ: Doctors' group laments 'doomsday' situation in Metro Manila hospitals 

On March 15, Roque first announced that he contracted the virus. However, he refused to disclose his test result to the public. On March 25, he said he is already COVID-19 free. It was not clear when he tested positive again.