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What a big joque! Barbers calls Duque a joke for flattening curve claim

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Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers called Health Secretary Francisco Duque III a joke after the latter claimed the country had “flattened the curve” since April — a statement he later retracted.

“If we are to survive this pandemic, we need a competent guide. Sadly, the Department

of Health under the watch of Secretary Duque has lost all credibility with his repeated

pronouncements that have no basis and contrary to facts, dismissed by his fellow

secretaries and officials and amounted to nothing but a big joke,” Barbers said.

“In due time, President Duterte will surely find a competent replacement, if only to bring us back on track and restore the credibility of our health department,” he said.

Barbers also pointed out that no less than the World Health Organization has commented

on the “lapses” in the government’s strategy against the virus.

He said WHO’s comment did not come as a surprise considering that the head of the Health department “has been measured, weighed and found wanting” by senators who have demanded his resignation.

In April, a resolution signed by at least 14 senators sought Duque’s resignation for his

“failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight and inefficiency” among others.

Recently, the Ombudsman announced an investigation on the alleged overpriced

purchase of test kits by the DOH, and other issues.

“It is time we put someone who, like Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion and

possesses deep knowledge and understanding of his responsibilities,” Barbers said.

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