Hontiveros hits Cascolan appointment as Usec at DOH

Hontiveros hits Cascolan appointment as Usec at DOH

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday said that she hoped that a more qualified person has been appointed as undersecretary at the Department of Health (DOH).

The remarks of the lady lawmaker were in obvious reference to the appointment of former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Camilo Cascolan as the latest addition to the agency as DOH undersecretary.

“Tulad rin ng marami, gusto sana nating ma-appoint ay may qualification, expertise, at aktibo sa public health sector,” she said.

Meanwhile, Hontiveros said she respects Cascolan as an officer and a gentleman.

“Aside from considering him a friend and my mistah, I respect Gen. Cascolan as an officer and a gentleman. His stint at the PNP speaks for itself. But the DOH should and must always be a public health-led agency, especially as we continue to deal with COVID-19 and other burdens of disease,” the senator said.

Hontiveros also hope that the DOH will find suitable roles for Usec. Cascolan to further add value in addressing threats to public health security and safety in our communities. (ai/mtvn)

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