- Senator Manny Pacquiao asked President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Health Secretary Francisco Duque III
- Pacquiao said he couldn’t just keep mum about the blunder of the DOH
- He expressed his dismay over the DOH’s failure to close the COVID-19 vaccine with Pfizer
Senator Manny Pacquiao urged President Rodrigo Duterte to replace Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
After Duque has been pointed as the reason for the government’s missed COVID-19 vaccine deal with Pfizer, Pacquiao said maybe it’s time to find a new health secretary. He made an appeal to the President during an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel’s “Headstart.”
“Ang mensahe ko siguro is palitan na siya para magkaroon ng comparison sa ibang may mga kaya din,” Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao clarified that he is not saying that Duque is incapable, but there are also others who want to lead the DOH. He said it’s fair to give others a chance so that we can have a comparison of their leadership.
“Hindi ko naman sinabi na hindi niya (Duque) kaya pero yung… may mga kaya din na mga leader natin na nag-aambisyon din na mamuno dyan sa DOH na ‘yan, pagbigyan para makumpara natin kung ano yung perfomance ng isang tao. Hindi kasi natin puwedeng masabi na ito magaling na ito kung walang ibang maikumpara natin,” he said.
“Ang pakiusap ko kay Pangulo na kung puwede palitan na lang niya si Sec. Duque para maibsan naman ‘yung hinaing ng ating mga kababayan…” the senator went on.
Pacquiao was among the senators who earlier filed a resolution asking Duque to step down from his post. Pacquiao said he couldn’t just sit down and be mum about the blunder of DOH.
“Sayang, dapat this January may vaccine na tayo, yung Pfizer. But masasabi natin na talagang kapalpakan yan ng ating DOH (Department of Health), si Secretary Duque. I’m sorry to say that, but prangka kasi ako magsalita e. Prangka ako magsalita na like I said, napapahiya ang ating Pangulo pagka ganun,” he said.