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The Senate may forego a looming investigation of the issues brought up against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III if he shows a marked improvement in his work in fighting the COVID-19 threat, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Saturday.

Lacson said the Senate might even issue a resolution commending Duque for a job “well done” if he steps up between now and the Senate’s resumption of session on May 4.

“Mas maganda makita namin between now at saka bago mag-resume. Kung malaki ang improvement … kasi idaan na lang natin sa output. Maging output-based tayo. Kung gumanda ang situation dahil binago ang kanyang mga maling policy at maling moves, baka di na kami magsagawa ng kaukulang investigation, hindi na kailangan,” Lacson said in an interview on DWIZ radio.

On Thursday, majority bloc senators signed Senate Resolution 362 seeking Duque’s immediate resignation due to his “failure of leadership” in dealing with COVID-19.

Duque on Friday admitted in a radio interview that he has his shortcomings, and apologized for them.

Lacson said it is good that Duque has taken a first step to resolve the issue by admitting his shortcomings, adding the Senate may even commend him if he indeed does better.

“Baka i-commend pa namin siya. Baka susunod na resolution, commending Sec Duque for a job well done,” he said.

“At least ngayon sinabi niya tama yan, ako humingi ng paumanhin, may shortcomings ako. Magandang first step yan taken by Sec Duque, in fairness to him,” he added.


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