SAGIP Party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta and Anakalusugan Party-list Rep. Michael Defensor distributed the controversial ivermectin to senior citizens in Quezon City as a possible "cure" for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) but at the same time made them sign waivers that they "voluntarily availed" of and "freely" accepted the anti-parasitic drug.

"That's the standard," Marcoleta said in a text message to The Manila Times. "We have to make sure that the beneficiaries voluntarily availed of the [Ivermectin], and that their consent was freely given."

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