One of the senators who signed a resolution calling for Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III’s immediate resignation as early as April, Senator Panfilo Lacson believes that President Rodrigo Duterte might be making a wrong presumption on the cabinet official.
This came after Duterte said that he is willing to place his reputation on the line in defending Duque despite the ongoing investigation against the DOH to track down funds in the government’s COVID-19 response.
The probe began because of the alleged irregularities in the agency’s purchase of medical supplies and the equipment, as well as the delay in the processing of benefits for health workers affected by COVID-19.
“Parang mali naman ang presumption na kapag mayaman ang tao, hindi na magnanakaw. Parang hindi tama ang teorya. Hindi yata ako sang-ayon doon na ‘pag ang isang tao sobrang dami ng bilyones, wala na siyang gagawin to further enrich himself,” said Lacson.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque echoed Duterte’s opinion saying: “As a matter of integrity, he believes the Duque family will not steal. He knows their background very well.” Roque added that Duque would have already been fired if he no longer had Duterte’s trust and confidence.