Health Secretary Francisco Duque III slammed actor Robin Padilla after the actor conducted his own coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) nasal swab test.

The Philippines has not yet allowed self-swabbing. 

Duque explained that swab tests could produce failed results if not performed by a professional.

“Hindi pwedeng sariling gawin yan dahil ang resulta ay magiging kwestyonable dahil kung hindi ito naaayon sa tamang pamantayan ay kaduda-duda ang magiging resulta. Hindi dapat ginagawa ‘yan,” he said in a media briefing Thursday.

Padilla showed his self-swab test via Facebook Live on May 23. He explained that the nurse assigned to him was taking too long to administer the test so he decided to do it on himself. Ronald Espartinez