- Senator Panfilo Lacson and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda aired their disappointment over Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s statement on travel ban
- Lacson started to ask if Duque is actually mad with the Filipino public
- Legarda also said we couldn’t afford to wait until the community transmission of the new variant to occur
Senator Panfilo Lacson and Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda are among the lawmakers who spoke up against the recent statement of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
Recently, Duque issued a statement saying that a travel ban on the United Kingdom should only be considered once the new coronavirus variant in that country is already at the level of community transmission.
This came after reports that the new SARS-CoV-2 strain first detected in the United Kingdom (UK) has already arrived in countries such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia.
Lacson aired his disappointment over the health secretary’s decision. He went on to further ask if the health secretary is mad at the Filipino public.
“Hayaan daw munang kumalat sa Pilipinas ang Covid 19 variant mula sa UK bago mag travel ban. Galit ba sa Pilipino ang taong ito?” Lacson said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Legarda also shared how dismayed she is with the delay in the declaration of travel ban by the health agency. She said the country cannot afford to wait for a community transmission of the new variant to occur.
She tweeted, “Last January, I recommended a temporary ban on travel from China, when covid was just starting. Sec. Duque said in the House of Representatives question hour that it’s not needed, and we can handle it. And now, we must wait for community transmission? We can ill afford that!”
“Travel ban from countries with known mutant coronavirus must be highly considered now. We cannot afford to be laid back, again, and wait for local transmission. Huwag naman Po,” she added.