- The Healthcare Professionals Alliance commented over the earlier “revolution” statement of President Rodrigo Duterte
- Healthcare Professions Alliance spokesperson clarified that they were not calling for a revolution amid the COVID-19 crisis
- The healthcare workers first requested for a “time-out” or a much stricter lockdown because they were getting exhausted
- However, the President claimed that the healthcare workers mentioned about staging a revolution after going public with their appeal
The Healthcare Professions Alliance responded to the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that healthcare workers are calling for revolution right now amid the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
KAMI learned that healthcare workers wanted a “time-out” and requested the government to impose a stricter lockdown or revert back to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
In a report by Inquirer (authored by Christia Marie Ramos), the healthcare workers are reaching out for help because they are now exhausted as the country reaches more than 103,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.
“Emergency ho ito e. Magli-lift na sana tayo this week,” Healthcare Professions Alliance spokesperson said.
“Hindi ho kami nagtatawag ng rebolusyon…Sana naman naiintindihan nila ‘yan. Wala naman hong nagtawag ng rebolusyon,” he added.
He also explained that it has been difficult to have a private discussion with the President. Dans added that they have been coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) and Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) but their reactions were not fast enough as the pandemic situation in the country continues to get worse.
“Kaya lang ano ho, e para sa amin masyadong mabagal ang pag-react e lumalala na yung pandemic so we said ‘Let’s ring the alarm signal.’ Kung magri-ring ka ng alarm signal ala nga namang kumatok ka muna at mag-schedule ng audience, hindi ho ganon kadaling mag-audience with the President, di ba?” he said.
Earlier, President Duterte claimed that healthcare workers making a revolution would only give him a free pass to stage a counterrevolution.
The Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 103,185 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country as of Sunday, August 2, 2020.
Many celebrities and politicians also called for the resignation or termination of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. However, the President defended Duque from his critics.
Meanwhile, a heartbreaking photo of frontline healthcare workers sleeping on the floor while wearing their PPEs went viral on social media.
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