in , ,

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte asks: Is COVID-19 airborne? Francisco Duque III’s answer leaves everyone, speechless

It was also met with criticism as several netizens were certain that the Philippine pandemic response was inefficient because of him and the Duterte government.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III drew the ire of netizens on Tuesday, January 18, after providing an “answer” for Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s inquiry about COVID-19.

The President asked him if the disease is airborne, but Duque blamed the public for their non-compliance to the health protocols rather than respond to Duterte’s inquiry.



“Yung mga tinatamaan Mr. President either mali yung kanilang pagsuot ng mask, nakalabas ang ilong. Useless ‘yan eh. That’s what we call ‘Token compliance.’ But it is the wrong way of doing things. It is the wrong way of complying with our minimum public health standards,” answered the Health Secretary.

His response shook the twitter world.

https://twitter.com/Reanacoo/status/1483384262938165248

It was also met with criticism as several netizens were certain that the Philippine pandemic response was inefficient because of him and the Duterte government.

Even Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones was linked to Duque’s response. A netizen concluded that the incompetence of their respective agencies was because they were trying to butter up Pres. Duterte.

https://twitter.com/lahingpnoy/status/1483410774307475456

Others were enraged by Duterte’s question and Duque’s answer as they proved to be unaware that the coronavirus is airborne.

https://twitter.com/awowbrenda/status/1483386614336622602

TV personality Justin Dizon even ridiculed Duque by calling him “dumb, lazy, [and] incompetent.”

Meanwhile, Tony Leachon the former adviser for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) clarified that the virus was indeed airborne.

He also considered Duque’s lack of knowledge about COVID-19 dangerous as it would succumb the country to the virus unless the government has a clear plan of action to combat the new variant.

Another medical professional noted that the surge of cases was brought upon by the government and not by the public. He sarcastically encouraged the Health Secretary to show some courage in providing solutions to lessen the number of infected.

https://twitter.com/88DoubleDragon/status/1483097498587910147?s=20

After his involvement with the Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp controversy back in August 2021, the public urged the DOH secretary to resign from his post.



He was also encouraged to vacate his position after disregarding the safety of health workers and frontliners.

Pfizer Philippines certified as a Great Place To Work

3 Brother products that can help you start the year inspired to create