'Kaya ko ito': Año says military experience prepped him for COVID-19


Posted at Apr 02 2020 05:57 PM

MANILA - Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), says he has faced more dangerous threats during his military career than the pathogen affecting him now.

"Unang pumasok sa isip ko, kaya ko ito. I have faced many dangers in my life as a military. Ito pa. So kaya ko ito," the retired military general told ABS-CBN News.

(The thought that first came to me was I can overcome this. I have faced many dangers in my life as a military. How much more this. I can overcome this.)

The former Armed Forces chief-of-staff was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 31, after he underwent medical tests on March 27.

Asked how he's feeling, Año said he can feel "something inside his body."

"You feel there is something inside your body na, iba talaga ang pakiramdam mo. 'Yong throat mo maramdan na makati 'tas nawawala boses mo,' he said.

(You feel there is something inside your body, and you feel different. Your throat feels itchy and your voice is fading.)

He assured however that he's okay and will continue to work from home.

The 58-year-old Año, whose department and affiliated agencies are enforcing the month-long lockdown in Luzon, said COVID-19 is "no joke" and called on the public to stay at home.

As of Thursday, the Philippines has 2,633 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 101 fatalities and 51 recoveries.-

-Report from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News