(We are reproducing in full the statement read by Dr. Anthony Leachon last October 19, 2021 at the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the… Read More »Statement of Dr. Anthony Leachon before the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (October 19, 2021)
6 past Department of Health (DOH) secretaries
3 past DOH undersecretaries
Several past presidents and leaders of medical societies
In total, around 470 doctors (and counting since more are signifying intent to sign…)
These are the doctors who, as of this writing, have put their signatures to the strong statement expressing indignation and a call to action (updated as of 13October2021).
Around six years ago, in my attempt to make light of the imminent grim future of the Philippines under Duterte, I wrote a piece that embarrassingly suggested that a Duterte presidency was not that bad. He did not have that much political clout, so I reckoned if he did something malevolent while in power, the powers that be in Luzon, where around 50% of voters reside, would just oust him and restore “normalcy” in governance.
It did not take that long for me to cringe at my predictions. Not only did Duterte become a very powerful political figure, but he has also demonstrated the awesome powers of being a president in the Philippines to unprecedented extents.
Finally! The health sector is collectively calling out against corruption and its voice is LOUD AND CLEAR!
Is this the tipping point?
For the longest time, I had been quite frustrated with the medical profession. It was pretty obvious that the pandemic response since the beginning was short on science and long on political and economical fronts. In my mind, the people who could best lead the pandemic response, as well as give us updates fresh from the ground, were the healthcare workers themselves.
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