DOH Headed by Duque Accused by Sen. Pacquiao of Corruption
DUQUE – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reacted to the corruption accusations of Sen. Manny Pacquiao against the Department of Health (DOH).
Eradicating corruption in the government is one of the staunch campaign promises of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Since he took office, a lot of public officials and employees were sacked following corruption issues and allegations of erring practices.
However, according to Senator Manny Pacquiao, the President failed to solve the corruption problems in the country. To this, the 76-year-old Chief Executive responded challenging the boxer-turned-senator to name the offices wherein corrupt practices are taking place.
Sen. Pacquiao accepted the challenge of Pres. Duterte. One of those agencies and public offices he named is the Department of Health (DOH) over the COVID-19 budget.
DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III reacted to the corruption accusations of Sen. Manny Pacquiao against the Health Department. According to ABS-CBN News, the Health Chief said that his Department is ready to give their “latest budget utilization report”.
Duque further expressed that Sen. Pacquiao must look at the utilization report like how the DOH spent money on rapid test kits. According to him, the health department did not buy any rapid test kit as it was the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) that purchased the rapid test kits.
As for Pres. Duterte, the Chief Executive reportedly said he will campaign against Sen. Pacquiao for his claims that corruption worsened under his administration. The boxer-turned-senator is one of the politicians eyed for probable presidential candidacy in the 2022 elections.
Amid questions on whether or not he will run for president in 2022, Sen. Manny Pacquiao maintained that his focus is in the current problems of the country. He preferred not to categorically answer questions as, according to him, he does not want to lie.
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