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It was a joke that some stressed-out colleagues may have taken seriously.

This was how Sen. Panfilo Lacson described on Sunday the claims made by at least two colleagues that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Alam mo kaming mga senador pag nasa lounge kami lalo na kung stressed out kami, lalo mahigit isang linggo kami sa budget, wala kaming ginawa kundi magbiruan ng biruan. May kanya-kanyang trip. Minsan hindi mo na alam ano ang totoo at ano ang hindi sa biruan namin,” he said in an interview on DZBB radio.

“Isang trip ko gustong gusto ko may senador na sumasayaw sa balat ng mani. Kasabihan yan sa amin sa Cavite, ang pinasasayaw sa balat ng mani. Ang biro na talagang akala mong totoong totoo, sayaw ng sayaw naniniwala pero actually biro. Pero alam mo having said all that, let’s leave it at that,” he added.

On Saturday, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri claimed in separate interviews that Lacson had received the vaccine for COVID-19.

But Lacson maintained that when they stayed at the senators’ lounge especially during last week’s budget deliberations, they sought to relieve the stress they felt.

“Kaya pag nasa lounge at naka-break wala nang ginagawa kundi kung anu-anong kwentuhan, di mo na alam kung ano ang totoo at ano ang hindi. So let’s leave it at that,” he said.

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