SBP chairman Sonny Angara says he is positive for COVID-19

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman and Sen. Sonny Angara has tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), he bared on Thursday.

In a statement, Angara said he had been feeling "some symptoms like mild fever, cough, headaches and general weakness" and had minimal contact with the public after taking a test last March 16.

"I ask for your prayers that together we are able to pull through this tremendous challenge," he said.

Angara is the third senator to be afflicted with the disease after Juan Miguel Zubiri and Koko Pimentel, the latter who received heavy flak after violating the quarantine protocol by accompanying his pregnant wife last March 24 at the Makati Medical Center.

"Let us continue to support all efforts to fight the further spread of the virus. Let us support our frontliners on the streets, in the emergency rooms as they are key to the effort," he continued.

"With hope, sacrifice, and unity of effort, we shall overcome."

Angara was appointed SBP chairman in 2016.

The Department of Health's official tally as of writing stands at 707 cases and 45 casualties with 28 recoveries.