By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Richard J. Gordon today welcomed another manifesto
of support from leaders of the medical and health sectors to the
Senate’s investigation into the alleged anomalous government
procurement deals for the country’s COVID-19 response.
Gordon, who chairs the blue ribbon committee, said that more and more
people are now speaking out and standing up against the corruption
that now haunts the government’s response to the pandemic since it
broke out 18 months ago.
“Our medical and healthcare professionals have long suffered during this
pandemic, and we cannot stress enough that they are our biggest heroes
for all the risks and hardships they have to deal with in taking care
of our sick people,” he said.
“I join them in their collective call of righteous indignation to the
government’s poor governance and slow response to curb the spread of
COVID-19 which took the lives of many people, including among the
healthcare workers,” he added.
In a seven-page statement, past presidents and leaders of medical societies
have expressed support to the Senate investigation into the alleged anomalous
government procurement of medical supplies and equipment for COVID-19 response.
“We support the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee in its investigation to seek the
truth and crush corruption that has severely crippled our society.
Public office is
public trust. Public officials should be accountable to the people,” they said.
The manifesto of support was led by former Health Secretary Dr. Esperanza
Cabral, public health advocate Dr. Tony Leachon, and past presidents
of Philippine College of Physicians, Makati Medical Center, among many
Gordon has served as a strong ally for the medical and healthcare sectors,
pushing for continuing benefits for health workers severely hit or
COVID-19 during the pandemic.
As volunteer chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, Gordon has led in
helping the government by serving as the country’s biggest testing
facility through its 10 molecular laboratories scattered across the
archipelago, among others.
“We must continue helping boost the morale of our medical frontliners.
Without them, we will surely have perished as a people,” he said.
The Philippines has continued to be ravaged by COVID-19, nearing a total of
2.65 million cases according to the latest case bulletin of the DOH.
Foreign news organization Nikkei Asia recently ranked the Philippines last
among 121 nations in its latest rankings, which considers infection
management, vaccine rollout and social mobility. (ai/mtvn)