Health reform advocate Dr. Tony Leachon is hoping for some changes in the spokesman of President Duterte.

Toxic si Roque? Leachon says Filipinos deserve a kinder, humble, courteous presidential spokesman

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque does not get it.

Health reform advocate Dr. Tony Leachon is hoping for some changes in the spokesman of President Duterte.

Leachon, former adviser of the national task force battling the pandemic, wanted the President’s mouthpiece to show some kindness and humility especially in communicating with the public during the pandemic.

“We deserve a kinder, humble and courteous spokesperson who would display open, transparent, and candid communication in time of crisis,” he said.

Roque earlier defended the unauthorized use of coronavirus vaccines by the Presidential Security Group but did not answer questions about the source of the drugs. He instead tried to justify the vaccination, saying the PSG members are willing to die to protect the President.

Leachon however said the PSG must comply with the country’s laws despite their noble resolve to protect Duterte.

“He doesn’t get it. We recognize nobility of PSG vaccination to protect PRRD but this must be in compliance with DOH,FDA, and BOC laws,” he said.

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Recto: School kids may become ‘lost generation’ due to Covid-19

Covid-19’s greatest damage may have been in “incarcerating millions of children and sending the educational system to the ICU,” Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said on Monday.

These kids may end up as the “lost generation,” the senator said, if the return to normalcy will be “slowed down by vaccine shortage, and if we fail to adjust to and invest in new learning modes.”

Recto aired his concerns in his speech sponsoring the Senate resolution urging the Department of Education to test limited in-person classes in about 1,000 schools, saying that the results can be used “in designing how safely these can be done.”

The larger picture is that the pandemic has hit hard a school system with “severe preexisting conditions,” he said.

“Even before the first coronavirus-carrying bat flew out of a Wuhan tree, our country had already been lagging behind in many international tests that measure learning,” Recto said.

And there are fears that this pandemic “will allow us to bag the last spot uncontested,” he said.

If this pandemic will set us back two years in human resource development, then the delay will have an impact on the future of this country, Recto said.

Mahina kaso: Guevarra urged to free detained IP leader

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra should drop the murder case against indigenous leader Windell Bolinget, political prisoners support group Kapatid urged.

“While we ask the DOJ to heed the call of Windel’s family for due process of law and that his rights to fair and impartial trial be respected, we strongly assert that the case lodged against him should be dropped and that he should be freed as the case has no leg to stand on because it is built on nothing and as what we have been always saying, from nothing comes nothing,” Kapatid spokesperson Fides Lim said in a statement.

Lim pointed out Guevarra “should be faithfully carrying out the DOJ’s mission of ‘effective, efficient and equitable administration of justice’ instead of doing the opposite by taking the lead in prosecuting and persecuting activists.”

Bolinget, chairperson of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), currently in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Baguio City.

He is among alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) charged over the 2018 murder case in Davao del Norte.

However, Lim pointed out Bolinget, who is also one of the petitioners seeking the declare the Anti-Terrorism Law as unconstitutional, has never been to Davao del Norte.

Meanwhile, Lim said Balinget’s legal counsel, lawyer Jose Molintas has sought before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 30 in Tagum City that the case be reinvestigated by the DOJ because the indigenous leader was not given the opportunity to appear during the preliminary investigation.

NBI set to end probe on Christine Dacera’s death

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ready to conclude its probe on the investigation conducted over the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera, NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said on Tuesday (March 2).

Lavin pointed this out as the Dacera family has yet to turn over to investigators her mobile phone.

“With or without the phone, we will conclude the investigation,” he said.

Lavin said the family had earlier promised to hand over her mobile phone to investigators to undergo forensic examination.

The family strongly believes that Dacera was raped and killed when she was found last Jan. 1 in the bath tub of her room at the City Garden Grant Hotel in Makati City where she celebrated the new year with male companions.

“We are just being thorough in our investigation,” Lavin said.

“We are hoping we could get some leads from the phone,” he added.

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