MANILA — Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday said he regrets over the decision of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 to remove Dr. Tony Leachon as special adviser owing to some controversial social media posts by the latter critical to the government’s response to the killer disease.
“I think he (Leachon) did that (with) good intention. He does not want to malign anyone. He wants to emphasize some reports, sometimes he is very emotional,” the vice-chairman of the NTF said in an interview with ANC when asked about Leachon’s resignation from the NTF.
“I also regret Dr. Leachon’s leaving the NTF, but he has decided to resign, so be it. But we will still remain friends. I, for one, will get his input from time to time,” he added.
The DILG chief also acknowledged the big contribution of Leachon as adviser of the task force before he was allegedly asked to resign.
“He is sort of what you call a critical thinker. Even in my actions, Tony Leachon was a big help,” he said adding that he will still be in touch with Leachon.
“When he resigned, he texted me he already bid goodbye and it’s (resignation) final. I told him let’s continue communicating from time to time,” Año said.
A day before Leachon announced that he was no longer connected with the NTF as special adviser.
His announcement came a day after he advised Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to serve at the pleasure of the people and not just President Rodrigo Duterte.
Leachon was accordingly dismayed over the health department’s efforts to address the coronavirus disease pandemic.In a separate report, NTF chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said Leachon was removed from his post because he “jeopardized the communication efforts” on COVID-19 response. (ia/SovereignPH.com)