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Senator Drilon Said IATF Did Not Properly Handle the COVID-19 Pandemic

Senator Franklin Drilon claimed that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) did not perform well on its duty.

The Senator said Wednesday, that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has failed to handle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as the country has now over 70,000 infected cases.

Senator Drilon
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According to him, health Secretary Francisco Duque III has a lack of credibility to command his people to do things, adding that he cannot influence decisions.

“Let’s call a spade a spade, [Health] Secretary Duque today lacks credibility to be able to command people to do things and he cannot influence decisions,” Drilon said.

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Based on the article of GMA News, Duque currently chaired the IATF. Duque drew criticisms over blunders on announcements about the “second wave” of the contagious disease and “flattening the curve.”

Drilon also said: “On the other hand, I don’t see any of the economic team in the IATF deliberations, maybe they are somewhere there in the background but given the effect of the pandemic in our economy, they should be in the forefront together with our health sector.”

When Drilon was asked if he thinks that the IATF has failed, he immediately answers yes. “Yes, I have no second [thought]. We will call a spade a spade. Look at where we are today—70,000 cases, increasing every day,” he said.

On President Rodrigo Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address next week, Drilon expects to hear the masterplan on the COVID-19 response. He also added that the President should also address the budget requirements to stimulate the economy because IATF has failed to address them.


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