- A leaked video of Sec. Harry Roque, obtained by Inquirer, reacting angrily during an IATF meeting has now circulated online
- In the video, Roque was raising his voice and was also pointing his finger, apparently, at the doctors during a Zoom meeting who were opposing the plan of the government to implement a granular lockdown
- Roque said that they employed the "entire government approach" thinking about the ramifications to the economy, about people who will be going hungry, but it does not mean that they care less
- Dr. Maricar Limpin, one of the doctors who attended the meeting, came out and revealed how she felt during the meeting, saying they were "shocked" and "insulted"
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A video that was taken during the pandemic meeting of Sec. Harry Roque together with a group of doctors, was obtained by Inquirer, and it shows Roque raising his voice at an IATF Zoom meeting.
"We employed the 'entire government approach' thinking about economic ramifications, thinking about the people [who] will go hungry. It does not mean that we care any less," said Roque.
He added that the group of Limpin has not said anything good about the response of the government on the pandemic.
Roque then added that Limpin's group "never said anything good about the government response."
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In an interview with Rappler, Dr. Maricar Limpin said that she felt shocked and insulted when Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque scolded her during the meeting.
Dr. Limpin is the president of the Philippine College of Physicians. She also said that she didn't expect Roque to scold her, when all that they were trying to do is to help "alleviate the government and the plight of the healthcare system."
The outburst of Roque was in response to Limpin's remark, one of those invited in the Zoom meeting. Inquirer stated that the leader of the doctors pleaded with IATF to reconsider its decision to relax quarantine restrictions due to the rising number of COVID cases.
"I could not think of anything in what I said that would appear arrogant. I just stated the facts – which is the state of healthcare system at this particular time of the pandemic," she added.
Harry Roque is a Filipino lawyer and politician. He is also a former law professor. He now serves as President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson.
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