DUTERTE BRANDS GORDON AS “TALKATHON CHAMPION”

Duterte urges voters not to reelect ‘opportunist’ senators

 August 31, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has advised the public not to reelect lawmakers who are taking advantage of their position as the 2022 elections draw near.“Ang hinihingi ko sa taumbayan, ‘yung lahat na senador — ito kung pagbigyan lang ninyo ako — ‘yung lahat ng senador… Read More

COA: Report on Covid-19 funds did not say there was corruption

No intent to malign DOH

The Commission on Audit (COA) on Thursday said it had no intention to malign the Department of Health (DOH) in publishing its 2020 annual audit report regarding the “deficiencies” in the department’s management of PHP67 billion worth Covid-19 funds.

During the virtual hearing of the House Committee on Public Accounts, COA chairman Michael Aguinaldo reiterated that the report did not mention any finding that funds were lost due to corruption.

“The auditors did not say that there were any lost funds and that any such lost funds would have been lost to corruption. Wala pong finding na ganun (There’s no such finding). so that’s why we issued that and I think that’s proof that there was really no intent to malign the DOH,” Aguinaldo said. READ MORE

DUTERTE keeps Duque despite COA audit report

‘I will stand for Duque even if it will bring me down’

I won’t fire Duque

 August 21, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has vouched for the integrity of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III even after the latter has earned criticisms due to the supposed deficiencies in handling the PHP67.32 billion worth of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response funds.Duterte, in his… Read More

LACSON ON DUTERTE ADMIN: “Kanya-kayang kurakot !”

“Imagine a country without state auditors… kanya kanyang kupit, kanya kanyang kurakot.”

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Senator Panfilo acson said corruption in government will become rampant if there are no auditors checking the financial transactions in its agencies.

Lacson said the Commission on Audit (COA) should watch against corruption in government as Congress probes the Department of Health for alleged anomalous handling by the agency of the multi-billion peso Covid-19 funds .

The House of Representatives is now probing Health Secretary Francisco Duque.

Lacson made the comment as COA red-flagged several state agencies over questionable use of government funds on health care, education, transportation, among others.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Lacson said: “Imagine a country without state auditors… kanya kanyang kupit, kanya kanyang kurakot.”

Lacson posted the brutally cruel line as President Duterte defended the DOH after its use of COVID-19 funds was questioned by the COA.

Duterte also directed Cabinet members not to follow the audit agency.

He told also COA to stop flagging and publishing preliminary inquiry reports to avoid any premature accusations against government agencies.

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DUTERTE DEFENDS DUQUE VS. CORRUPTION RAP

Duque did ‘nothing wrong

 August 17, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he would not accept Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s offer to resign over “deficiencies” in his department’s handling of the PHP67.32 billion funds for Covid-19 response.In a prerecorded public address, Duterte recalled how Duque… Read More

COA: No case vs. DOH in P67-B deficiency in Covid-19 fund

Deficiency only due to incomplete paperwork

COA REPORT. President Rodrigo R. Duterte tackles the Commission on Audit’s (COA) report on the health department’s deficiency in managing the PHP67.32 billion allocation for the country’s Covid-19 pandemic response during his Talk to the People in Davao City on Monday night (Aug. 16, 2021). He said the deficiency could be attributed to incomplete paperwork. (Screengrab from RTVM)

 August 17, 2021,

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said the deficiencies in the Department of Health (DOH)’s PHP67.32 billion allocation for the country’s Covid-19 pandemic response could be attributed to incomplete paperwork.In his pre-recorded Talk to the People, Duterte said the Commission… Read More

DUTERTE WANTS PROBE OF MULTI-BILLION PESO COVID-19 FUNDS

DOH told to explain COA findings on P67-B Covid-19 funds

 August 12, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to explain the reported “deficiencies” found by the Commission on Audit (COA) in the agency’s handling of PHP67.32 billion in Covid-19 funds in 2020, Malacañang said on Thursday.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte is “withholding judgment” until after the DOH submits an explanation on the questionable handling of funds and COA releases its final audit report.

Ang instruction ng Presidente sagutin mabuti ang mga observation ng COA (The President’s instruction is for the DOH to answer COA’s observations),” Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

He assured that Duterte will spare no one in his administration’s fight against corruption. Read More

DUQUE: No community transmission yet of Delta variant

Remarks came even as the country logged 97 more cases of the Delta variant, bringing the total case count of the more infectious coronavirus variant to 216

 July 30, 2021

MANILA – There is no community transmission yet of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Delta variant in the country, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Friday.”There is already local transmission. (As for community transmission), we cannot be definitive about it because of the… Read More

PACQUIAO NAMES DUQUE, DOH IN CORRUPTION LIST

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque said he and the DOH are ready yo be probed in wake of accusation of corruption by Senator Manny Pacquiao.

“While we are disheartened by these baseless accusations from our government officials, we submit ourselves to inquiries from legislators as this is a part of the checks and balances in our government,” Duque said in a statement Tuesday.

Duque said that the DOH has “always been transparent and cooperative to auditing efforts within the government.”

Pacquiao named the DOH as the first state department that might be riddled with corruption after President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday challenged him to name corrupt workers in government.

Duterte’s challenge on Pacquiao came following the senator’s claim that corruption is getting worse under the current administration.

DESPITE BOTCHED PFIZER VACCINE PURCHASE, DUQUE STAYS AS DOH CHIEF

In December last year, Pacquiao said Duque should voluntarily resign from his post following reports that he allegedly “dropped the ball” on the Pfizer deal with the Philippine government.

Pacquiao urged the replacement of the health chief for the government’s missed opportunity to secure Pfizer’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine by January.

 December 21, 2020

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III still serves at the pleasure of President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said Monday following a senator’s call to replace the health chief for the government’s missed opportunity to secure Pfizer’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19)…  Read More

DUTERTE ON DUQUE: A hero in fight vs. Covid-19

Compared with other countries, we’re doing good in the fight against Covid, and Secretary Duque is the hero

PH ‘doing good’ in fight against Covid-19

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 May 4, 2021

MANILA – The Philippines is “doing good” in its fight against Covid-19 compared to other countries, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday night.In a pre-recorded public address, Duterte made the remark while praising Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for leading the… Read More