“Filipinos don’t deserve to be the last race dying. DOH needs a leader who can lead.” -Lacson

“Filipinos don’t deserve to be the last race dying. DOH needs a leader who can lead.” -Lacson

“Filipinos don’t deserve to be the last race dying. DOH needs a leader who can lead.”

That seems to be the underlying message Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson wants to convey when he was explaining the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the Philippines, which he opines might just eclipse the numbers from those from the Spanish flu more than a century ago.

Lacson takes note that the Department of Health (DOH) under the leadership of Secretary Francisco Duque III has only conducted fewer than 100,000 tests, and has yet to run RT-PCR tests.

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson
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“With less than 100,000 tests so far conducted and quite a number of RT-PCR tests not yet run but just stored, we may outdo the Spanish flu of 1918 that lasted 36 months and up to 50 million deaths,” Lacson said in his Twitter account.

Lacson is one of the 14 senators who signed a resolution calling for the resignation of Duque as health secretary.

Senate Resolution 362, which called on Duque to resign due to his “failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight and inefficiency in the performance of his mandate as DOH Secretary, resulting in poor planning, delayed response, lack of transparency and misguided and flip-flopping policies and measures in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic that endangered and continues to endanger the lives of our health care professionals, other frontliners, and the Filipino people.”

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