Duterte Reacts To Healthcare Workers’ Call, Gives Message for Them

Message of Pres. Duterte For Health Workers Amid Increasing COVID-19 Cases

DUTERTE – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reacted to the call of the healthcare workers over the increasing COVID-19 cases.

In the past few days, Department of Health (DOH) was recording thousands of cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines. It brought the total to 103,185 coronavirus cases as of this writing.

According to DOH, there is a total of 65,557 recoveries now and 2,059 deaths due to COVID-19. The community quarantine measures are still up in the country.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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Amid the increasing COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, several groups of healthcare workers called the government for stricter quarantine measures. They ask for two (2) weeks to better fight the pandemic.

The call of the healthcare workers gained different reactions from the people. Some expressed their support to the doctors, nurses, and medical staff who are risking their lives daily while others are against stricter community quarantine measures.

Recently, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reacted to the call of the healthcare workers. He also gave a message for them.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, in a late-night briefing, the President expressed his understanding to the healthcare workers exhaustion as they are fighting the pandemic for several months now. He appealed to them to lengthen their patience while the government is doing its best.

Pres. Duterte also stressed that healthcare workers were trained and educated regarding such challenges. According to the report, the Chief Executive emphasized that they are the ones knowledgeable in the field.

However, the President also stressed that there is no need for healthcare workers to tell the government publicly what to do. According to him, they are complaining instead of being the ones to help.

“We are not competent here because we are not doctors. Kayo ang dapat ang mag-ano… Kayong makatulong sana at wala kayong ginagawa kung magreklamo, what can I do?” he said.

The President said that the healthcare workers are “criticizing” and demeaning the government. He assured that the government will try to help including those healthcare workers who are not connected to the state.

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