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DOH chief Duque says: 'I will continue to serve the country'

Health chief Duque to answer senators' calls 'in due time'
by the staff
Apr 16, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano
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AMID calls for his immediate resignation, Health Sec. Francisco Duque III implored the public to unite as the country continued to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are at war with an invisible enemy which to this day remains unpredictable. As such, we adapt and innovate," he said in a statement.

Duque reiterated that the Department of Health (DOH) is doing everything it could to "flatten the curve", despite the bevy of problems the health sector faces.

"Despite all the challenges and limited resources, DOH is making sure that we, as a nation, have fighting chance against COVID-19. This is not a fight of one man or one agency, it is a fight for all of us Filipinos," he said.

The health chief found himself facing a possible ouster after 15 senators called for his head for his supposed "failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency in the performance of his mandate," which led to the spread of the virus in the country.

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Duque said that he will answer to the legislators' pleas in the right time.

"We will answer these allegations in due time, but right now, we will continue to be in the trenches with our health care workers and frontliners," he said.

For now, Duque will continue in his post as one of the government's key stewards in this fight against COVID-19.

"I will continue to serve the country to the best of my abilities. Magtulungan po tayo," he said.

He also asked for the public to stay together in this time of crisis, saying: "Let us work as a team, as one country fighting for the health and safety of all."