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Former socioeconomic planning secretary Winnie Monsod wants President Rodrigo Duterte to resign– even if he’s still physically fit to lead the country.

In her September 19 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Monsod cited the Asian Development Bank’s growth forecast as proof of the government’s supposed dismal handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

The ADB expects the Philippine economy to contract by 7.3 percent in 2020, which is worse than the 3.8 percent average for Southeast Asia. This, Monsod said, would mean the Philippines will be the worst performing Southeast Asian country from being the fourth best performing country in the region in 2019.

“Conclusion: We should never have contracted as badly as we did. Who is responsible for this? Without a doubt, the Duterte administration,” Monsod said.

The University of the Philippines economics professor believes Duterte should apologize to Filipinos for his administration’s supposed ineptitude in handling the COVID-19 crisis.

“In fact, whether he is sick or not, I think he should step down, and allow Vice President Leni Robredo to take over. Then we will have a better chance of getting over the health and economic crisis that this administration has exacerbated,” Monsod said.

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