- Sen. Panfilo Lacson aired his honest opinion on how Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has been defending Health Secretary Francisco Duque III despite so many calls for him to resign
- He described the situation as "very frustrating" considering that there were 14 of them in the Senate who already called for Duque's resignation
- He then emphasized that the President kept on defending the Secretary, which was why the country reached its current situation
- The Philippines, as of Sunday, already reached 103,000 positive COVID-19 cases
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Sen. Panfilo Lacson, in a no-holds-barred online interview with reporters Monday, Aug. 3, expressed his dismay over the President's act of defending Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
Lacson said that it is very frustrating since more and more people are calling for his resignation due to how the DOH handled the coronavirus health crisis.
"It’s very frustrating ano kasi parang 14 of us just very recently passed or adopted a Senate resolution calling for his resignation,” said the senator in an Inquirer report.
"Eh sige naman ‘yung depensa ng Presidente hanggang sa umabot na tayo sa ganito ano," added the senator.
Using a ship as an allegory, the senator said that if the rudder of the ship does not have any damage, and yet the ship seems rudderless, then maybe it's time to change the ship captain.
"Having said that, I couldn’t understand what ‘amulet’ or magic potion Duque has as far as the President is concerned," added Lacson.
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The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
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