Duque walang nilabag na batas

Duque walang nilabag na batas

September 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM 6 days ago

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Manila, Philippines – Nanindigan si Health Secretary Francisco Duque III na wala itong nilabag na anomang batas at ginampanan lamang nito ang kanyang tungkulin sa abot ng kanyang makakaya sa harap na rin ng mga akusasyon ng katiwalian laban sa kanya bilang isa sa opisyal ng Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

Sa pagdalo ni Duque sa House budget briefing, sinabi nito na nakalulungkot na patuloy siyang binibira ni Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III matapos na rin hindi siya makasama sa mga kinasuhan ng Philhealth Task Force na binuo ng Department of Justice.

“I did not abandon nor was I negligent. I do not understand why the Senate President keeps harping on me when I have not committed any crime or violation of any law. That has been borne out in the Senate records courtesy of the Blue Ribbon Committee of Chairman Dick Gordon and even his bosom friend, Sen. Ping Lacson, who affirmed the same finding in the Senate President’s Committee of the Whole. Lacson even said in his recent press statement, ‘there may not be enough evidence to recommend criminal charges against me” paliwanag ni Duque.

Aniya, bagamat ex-officio chair siya ng PhilHealth bilang sIyang itinatakda sa Universal Health Care law ay wala naman itong voting power para sa mga polisiya nito.

“I do not have voting rights and the Senate President should know that having passed that landmark law himself. Second, the Board is a collegial body, the chair does not control the Board so to say I abandoned my duties and was negligent are malicious. The problem with some legislators is they look for something to support their conclusions and start hitting at you in public. Is the Senate President now lawyer, judge and jury that if something does not suit him, he conjures things?” giit ni Duque.

Muling iginiit ng kalihim na bilang head ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) na binubuo ng 34 government agencies ay tinutukan nito ang pagtugon ng bansa sa COVID-19 pandemic.

“There is a public health emergency and my priority was to deal with the pandemic. Is the Senate President saying that I should have focused more in PhilHealth than build capacities, review the public health supply chain and logistics, put together policies and protocols, implement the National Action Plan, set up a data hub and the like? Am I being accused by the Senate President of focusing more on the pandemic? Is that wrong? Are saving lives not the priority, Mr. Senate President?” paliwanag pa into.

Pumalag din and kalihim at sinabing ginagawa syang punhing bag ni Sotto, aminado si Duque na nasasaktan na ang kanyang pamilya sa mga paratang laban sa kanya sa kabila ng isinakripisyo na nito maging ang kanyang kalusugan habang tinutugunan ang problema ng bansa sa pandemic.

“Sen. Sotto, you are a family man so let me point this to you in clear and uncertain terms: my family is hurting already, I am sacrificing my health because of the demands of the job. I quietly do my job to the best of my ability but if I fall short, your way is to step on me and to continually hit me like a punching bag? Is this your brand of public service?” pagtatapos pa nito. Gail Mendoza


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