- Earlier, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced that the Philippines has flattened the COVID-19 curve
- However, several lawmakers did not agree with the statement of Duque
- Sen. Migz Zubiri pointed out the continuous increase of COVID-19 cases in the country
- Meanwhile, Sen. Sonny Angara mentioned that hospitals in Metro Manila are now overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients
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Several lawmakers in the country have spoken after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III claimed that the Philippines has already flattened the COVID-19 curve.
KAMI learned that some politicians did not agree with Duque as the confirmed cases continue to rise and hospitals are being overwhelmed.
In different social media posts, the lawmakers aired their thoughts regarding the previous statement of Duque.
Here are some of their statements:
Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri
“OMG! Dear Secretary Duque, with all due respect, pls tell us what curve is flattening? Is it the fact that the cases in April were at an average of two hundred a day as compared to the daily average of over a thousand cases today? Or is it the fact that we will soon be number one in South East Asia in terms covid cases?”
“The only thing that is flat are the backs of all the poor patients in fully occupied covid wards all around Metro Manila fighting for their lives! Wag mag bulag bulagan and act to stop the surge instead of imagining it.”
Gov. Francis “Chiz” Escudero
Dear Sec. Duque: “The first step po in solving a problem is admitting that we have a problem. Addressing a pandemic is never a propaganda war.”
“Please just do your job as best you can without fooling yourself or us and pray really hard that all our efforts will bear fruit.”
Sen. Sonny Angara
“Hardly. If he said that 3 weeks ago I might have believed him but the hospital COVID wards are filling up again. There seem to be less people dying but cases seem to be on the up.”
Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan
“Flattened the curve, daw?? Heto pa ang isang mukhang galing ata sa ibang planeta.”
Sen. Risa Hontiveros
“Secretary Duque should look at the DOH data with brutal honesty. We will not be able to formulate and implement sound policies if we are not honest.”
As of July 15, the Department of Health reported a total of 58,850 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The active cases are 36,260. Meanwhile, 20,976 patients were able to recover.
Earlier, Health Secretary Duque announced that the Philippines was able to flatten the COVID-19 curve since April. This was based on the case doubling time and longer mortality time.
A month ago, Duque also claimed that the country was on its second wave already. However, he took it back and apologized for the confusion.
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