VP Leni Robredo to Replace DOH Secretary Duque if She Will Win 2022 Presidential Race
Presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo wanted Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III to be kicked out if she wins in the 2022 poll.
If she is elected in next year’s election, Robredo said she will replace current health secretary, Duque, with a “competent” and “accountable” staff at a press conference at the Quezon City Reception House on Monday, Nov. 8. The Vice President has criticized Duque, albeit indirectly if he should be replaced over several issues he is involved in.
“Magtatalaga tayo ng mahusay na Secretary of Health. Pipili tayo ng may pananagutan, kayang pasunurin ang buong burukrasya, nauunawaan ang mga proseso, may kaalamang teknikal at may malasakit sa taumbayan,” Robredo said.
At the news conference, Robredo was joined by his campaign mate, Senator Kiko Pangilinan, as well as former DOH secretaries Manuel Dayrit and Esperanza Cabral. The search for a new DOH chief is part of Robredo’s 10-point “Freedom from COVID-19” campaign.
Cabral, who served as Health Secretary under former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from January to June 2010, said they discussed the “qualities” the president should look for in a new DOH Secretary. Robredo stated that the DOH chief should be dedicated, conscientious, and compassionate for Filipinos.
“Commitment sa kanyang ginagawa na para sa tao at hindi para sa kanya. Competence kailangan naman and ating bagong DOH secretary ay nakakaintindi ng mga problema. Compassion and all other attributes of a good human being such as integrity, honesty, love for country, and so forth,” Robredo said.
Since February of last year, when COVID-19 cases began to be reported across the country, Robredo has met with Dayrit and Cabral on a regular basis. She went on to say that she doesn’t just contact former DOH secretary.
Other organizations from the school, labor, and urban poor sectors joined her in developing a COVID-19 strategy. Both previous secretaries are pleased with their work with Robredo to develop a “good health agenda.”
Dayrit also feels Robredo’s administration is capable of implementing the health-care program. Robredo, on the other hand, underlined that the color of a person’s politics does not matter when seeking guidance from professionals as long as they have “expertise” in resolving the issue.
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