Duterte Scolds COVID-19 Frontliners For Airing Concerns, De Lima Reacts

De Lima Criticize Duterte For Scolding Frontliners Asking For ‘Time Out’

DUTERTE – Opposition Senator Leila De Lima criticized President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for scolding the frontliners who called for ‘time out.’

On Saturday, August 1, medical frontliners urged President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to reimpose stricter quarantine rules in Metro Manila for the next 2 weeks as confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to spike. Coronavirus infections in the country breached the 100,000 mark on Sunday.

In a late-night speech, the chief executive criticized the medical workers for airing their sentiments publicly. He said they should have written a letter to the Malacañang Palace instead.

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In his speech, President Rodrigo Duterte said he understands that frontliners are already “bone-weary” from leading the fight against COVID-19 but he reminded them that they are the ones who are experts in fighting the disease.

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Based on a report from ABS-CBN News, Sen. Leila De Lima criticized President Duterte for scolding the medical workers who called for “time out.” She said doctors have the right to express their sentiments on the matter.  

“Nagalit is Duterte sa mga doctor na nagpahayag lang naman ng kanilang mga saloobin. Karapatan nila yan… What a heartless leadst,” De Lima said.

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According to the report, De Lima also hit the chief executive’s appeal for the frontliners to be “more patient” as the government tries to get through the pandemic. She said he should have focused on revealing their plans on how to address the health crisis during his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“Dapat kasi ang naging focus ni Duterte sa kanyang SONA 2020 ay yung paglatag ng mga konkretong plano para tugunan ang COVID-19 health crisis, lalo na ang suporta sa healthcare system at mga healthcare workers…”

“’Yan naman talaga yung inaasahan ng buong bansa noong July 27. Pero wala!” she said.

Medical workers take a moment to perform a solidarity clap for their fellow front-liners outside the doors of Santa Ana Hospital in Manila on April 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

On Sunday, Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos took to social media to sympathize with the healthcare workers. She supported their appeal to enforce stricter quarantine rules in Metro Manila.

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