DAVAO CITY – Is President Rodrigo Duterte scouting for Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque’s replacement?
The answer to that question could be on the affirmative because according to a Philippine Star report on Monday morning, the Chief Executive is on the hunt “scouting for somebody to replace Francisco Duque III as health secretary.
This development came on the heels of Duque’s recent “second wave” booboo on PH’s coronavirus situation that prompted members of the Senate and other sectors of society to call for his resignation aside from allegations over his mishandling of the pandemic.”
“I understand the President is now looking around for somebody to replace Duque,” said Edith Regalado on her Philippine Star report quoting a source.
She added that another source told her “the timing of the supposed firing of Duque, if not his resignation, comes at a time that the country is in the midst of the “battle against COVID-19.”
“It is hard to change horses midstream, so the President should not take long to act on it,” the source said.
Several sectors have claimed that Duque has lost the credibility to lead the country’s fight against COVID-19 after the Department of Health was accused of overpricing the procurement of medical equipment to battle the disease.
Duterte has ordered the immediate investigation of the matter.
“We hope the President will not take long to give Duque the way out. He has to go,” a Duterte Cabinet member, who asked not to be named, said.
The Senate quizzed Duque on overpriced purchases, but he pointed to the Department of Budget and Management as responsible for “the discrepancies in the purchases,” the Philstar said. (ia/SPH)