Francisco Duque - updates

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Robredo rejects calls for Duque’s resignation in the middle of health crisis

Jun 25, 2020 - 12:18 PM

'I’m not in favor of parang ruffling everything in the midst of it all kasi baka lalong... maging sintunado lahat ng ginagawa natin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

STILL TRUSTED. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III (R) talks to President Rodrigo Duterte confers during a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City on June 4, 2020. File photo by Robinson Nia Al Jr/Presidential Photo

As Ombudsman probes DOH, Duterte defends Duque anew

Jun 23, 2020 - 1:42 AM

'Itaya ko 'yung reputasyon as President, walang kalokohan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT'S BACKING. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases on June 22, 2020. Malacañang photo

Ombudsman probes Duque, DOH for alleged coronavirus anomalies

Jun 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(4th UPDATE) Ombudsman Samuel Martires says his field investigators were 'given the runaround by some DOH officials'

OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATION. The Office of the Ombudsman will investigate Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for alleged anomalies in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler


Duque needs 'guiding coalition,' new strategy vs coronavirus

Jun 16, 2020 - 1:18 PM

'He needs to step up. He needs to hear the voices of the people, and perhaps reflect on some of the plans or measures,' says National Task Force adviser Dr Tony Leachon

'REFLECT'. File photo of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After backlash, Duque takes responsibility for health workers' compensation mess

Jun 05, 2020 - 4:37 PM

'While I expressed disappointment towards some members of my team, I acknowledge that this is still my responsibility as SOH,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says in a tweet

COMPENSATION MESS. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III takes responsibility over delayed health workers benefits. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte to axe DOH staff over health workers' compensation but spares Duque

Jun 05, 2020 - 11:52 AM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells President Duterte during a televised meeting: 'Nakakahiya talaga, Sir. Namatayan na nga, tapos nagpawardi-wardi mga tao ko na parang walang sense of urgency.'

COMPENSATION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte set a new deadline for the release of health worker compensation. Malacanang photo

Duque: Testing capacity is PH's 'No. 1' weakness in coronavirus fight

May 26, 2020 - 2:29 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the government has been striving to ramp up its accreditation of COVID-19 testing facilities nationwide

TESTING. Government workers line up for a rapid test for COVID-19 at the City Hall of Sta Rosa City in Laguna on May 21, 2020. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler

Duque contradicts Duterte: 'Safe' to reopen schools on August 24

May 26, 2020 - 12:58 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says minimum health standards should be in place

BACK TO SCHOOL. Students at the Araullo High School don face masks as the Manila City local government led by Mayor Isko Moreno provided 500,000 face masks to public school students for protection against the Novel Coronavirus on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Private hospitals’ group asks Duterte to replace Duque as health chief

May 25, 2020 - 8:22 PM

The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines says PhilHealth, which is chaired by Francisco Duque III, has given hospitals the runaround when it comes to reimbursements

CALL FOR REPLACEMENT. File photo of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Opposition: Duque compromises govt campaign vs coronavirus

May 23, 2020 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Franklin Drilon also slams the slow validation of positive results

CALL VS DUQUE. Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon says on Saturday he realized he should have joined the earlier Senate resolution to call for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


DOH probes couple allegedly manipulating sale of COVID-19 test kits

May 21, 2020 - 7:14 PM

Ex-health chief now Iloilo Representative Janette Garin claims the pair blocks the entry of testing equipment, unless their overpriced kits are purchased by the importing company

COVID-19 TEST. Health workers of Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City, swab the nose and mouth of a suspected COVID-19 patient on May 13, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque backpedals: PH in '1st major wave of sustained community transmission'

May 21, 2020 - 5:47 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III issues the clarification a day after he drew criticism for saying that there was a second wave of coronavirus infections in the country

A QUESTION OF WAVES. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III holds a press conference on January 30, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

‘Nakakabahala’: Senators hit Duque over false claims on COVID-19 contagion

May 21, 2020 - 4:41 PM

'Sobrang nakakabahala...kung ang secretary of health na mismo ang nagpapakalat ng maling information tungkol sa COVID-19,' Senator Nancy Binay says

Senator Nancy Binay, chairperson of Senate Committee on Tourism, presides the senate public hearing on the creation of Boracay Development Authority on February 11, 2020.. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

First wave, second wave? Duterte officials clash on where PH is in pandemic

May 21, 2020 - 1:40 PM

Malacañang insists the country is still in the first wave and downplays as a 'small thing' the difference with Health Secretary Duque's statement

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 11, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH probes hospitals that refused coronavirus patients – Duque

May 20, 2020 - 7:16 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says that Health Facilities Oversight Board will convene on May 21 to discuss if cases will be filed against the hospitals

HOSPITALS. East Avenue Medical Center health workers push a man on a stretcher with suspected COVID-19 patient. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque on worst-case scenario: PH approaching 3rd wave of coronavirus infections

May 19, 2020 - 8:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells senators what can happen as people begin to go out without the government doing mass testing

Health Sec. Francisco Duque III inspects the new swabbing center at the Palacio De Maynila along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, which will be manned by medical technologists from the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duque: To stem infections, at least 1 contact tracer needed per 800 people

May 14, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives LGUs a refresher on the measures and tools they should aim to have in place days before the easing of quarantine measures in the country

SWABBING. A health worker conducts a swab test to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on April 17, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] When many are left behind, resignations are not enough

Apr 20, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Duque is a symptom of the bigger virus that afflicts this administration

Duque admits health workers die in line of duty due to lack of PPEs, dishonest patients

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:08 PM

(2nd UPDATE) DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the government has since bought enough stocks of protective gear, but this is still not enough for the long term

DEALING WITH COVID-19. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll holds a press conference on January 29, 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque asks Congress to pass bill creating PH Centers for Disease Control

Apr 16, 2020 - 6:30 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III also backs the passage of a measure allowing the government to stockpile on supplies critically needed during times of pandemics and other disasters

PANDEMIC. A patient suspected of having COVID-19 is pushed pushed on a stretched by workers from the East Avenue Medical Center on April 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte backs Duque amid resignation calls

Apr 16, 2020 - 4:59 PM

'The President expects him to work even harder to set aside any doubts on his capacity and sincerity to serve the public during these difficult times,' says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea

SUPPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte and Health Secretary Franciso Duque sit beside each other at a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

14 senators call on Duque to resign over 'failed' coronavirus response

Apr 16, 2020 - 1:56 PM

(4th UPDATE) At least 14 senators co-author Senate Resolution No. 362, calling for the health chief's resignation for his 'failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency in performance'

RESIGN. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III while holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Malacanan Palace on March 9, 2020. Malacanang Photo

Duque urged to activate special funds under Universal Health Care law

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas seeks funding for the construction of facilities as private hospitals want government hospitals to lead the fight against coronavirus

QUARANTINE FACILITY. Batangas repairs a district hospital and turns it into a quarantine facility. Photo courtesy of Batangas PIO

FACT CHECK: Duque claims PH has 'low' coronavirus infection

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Due to limited testing capacity, the Philippines is only testing severe to critical cases of the coronavirus infection. The country has not yet done mass testing.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duque: Public safety relies on everyone's discipline to follow quarantine protocols

Mar 26, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's statement comes after two high-ranking government officials allegedly breached home quarantine protocols

PH HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III fields questions at a press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

RITM chief stays, but senior DOH official coming in to ‘assist’ testing gridlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:46 AM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III still vouches for the technical expertise of RITM director Celia Carlos, but says she needs help in expanding the country's COVID-19 testing capacity

MORE TEST KITS NEEDED. Boxes of novel coronavirus test kits are donated by the Office of the Vice President to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on March 19, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

DOH Secretary Duque tests negative for coronavirus

Mar 22, 2020 - 11:13 AM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III remains in self-quarantine

NEGATIVE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the Senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness in facing the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Barangays can turn classrooms into virus isolation rooms if needed – DOH

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:49 AM

Currently, hospitals are prioritizing severe and critical COVID-19 patients for confinement due to lack of facilities and testing kits

CLEANING. The San Juan National High School is being sanitized by the local government of San Juan City in prevention against COVID-19 on March 9, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH designates Jose Rodriguez, building at UP-PGH as coronavirus hospitals

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Health Secretay Francisco Duque III acts on the urgent appeal of medical industry leaders

EXCLUSIVE FOR COVID-19 SOON. The facade of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duque under quarantine after exposure to DOH official with coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 12:23 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who has hypertension and asthma, says he has no symptoms for now and is currently waiting his test results

NOW UNDER QUARANTINE. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll holds a press conference at the Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City January 29, 2020. Photo by Daren Langit/Rappler

PH gov't eyes turning Lung Center into hospital exclusive for coronavirus cases

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:27 PM

But Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the proposal still 'needs further study,' as several patients without COVID-19 are still confined at the Lung Center of the Philippines

COVID-19 HOSPITAL SOON? The facade of the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of lcp.gov.ph

PH coronavirus cases now at 142; 1st Filipino recovers from disease

Mar 16, 2020 - 8:24 PM

The number of fatalities in the Philippines due to the novel coronavirus stays at 12

OUTBREAK SCARE. Pedestrians along Marcos Highway wear face masks due to novel coronavirus outbreak in the Philippines on March 16, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duque thanks health workers: ‘The Filipino people will never forget your heroism’

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:36 PM

The health secretary delivers a heartfelt but somber speech before health workers a little over a month since the Philippines recorded its first COVID-19 case

GRATEFUL TO HEALTH SECTOR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gestures during a press conference at the DOH headquarters in Manila on March 7, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH reports 12 new coronavirus cases; total now 64

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:08 PM

All but one of the new coronavirus patients are currently confined in various hospitals in Metro Manila, which will be under quarantine for a month

OUTBREAK SCARE. Health workers disinfect public places in Pasig City to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Pasig City Public Information Office.

Philippines may impose ‘localized lockdown’ under Code Red Sublevel 2

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Until that alert level is reached, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says it's 'not ripe for draconian measures' like imposing a lockdown on the entire Metro Manila

OUTBREAK. The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office trains barangay first responders how to use their personal protective gear against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Medical City says it will 'remain open to all patients'

Mar 11, 2020 - 5:55 PM

'The Medical City, ever so proud of its Epidemic Rapid Response Team as well as its entire hospital staff, will remain open to all patients who deserve our care, for as long as our capacity to do so allows it,' says TMC President and CEO Eugenio Jose Ramos

THE MEDICAL CITY. The Medical City's main hospital is in Ortigas Center in Pasig City. Photo from The Medical City's website

Duque: Hospitals refusing suspected coronavirus patients may face sanctions

Mar 11, 2020 - 3:24 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says erring hospitals may lose their license or PhilHealth accreditation

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III talks to reporters in Quezon City on March 11, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duque: 'Problems' in reporting system delayed disclosure of coronavirus cases

Mar 11, 2020 - 1:32 PM

'There was no deliberate intention on the part of the DOH to not disclose important pieces of information as can be legally allowed under the law,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

PH HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Grave deficit' in face masks forcing some private hospitals to use old linen

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the government is willing to give extra supplies to private hospitals, but government health workers are still the top priority

OUT OF STOCK. A large crowd wait for medical supply stores to open in Bambang, Manila on January 31, 2020 to avail of surgical and N-95 masks during the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

American coronavirus patient in PH in 'critical' condition – DOH

Mar 10, 2020 - 12:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says 2 of the 24 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines are in 'critical' condition

OUTBREAK SCARE. Security personnel check on the isolation rooms intended for patients under investigation for the novel coronavirus at the  Manila Infectious Disease Control Center of the Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila on March 8, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH says still safe to visit hospitals if feeling unwell

Mar 09, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization also says people experiencing respiratory symptoms should just stay home so as not to infect the more vulnerable elderly

CORONAVIRUS WATCH. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media on February 4, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH confirms 6th coronavirus case in PH

Mar 07, 2020 - 2:41 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' 6th COVID-19 case is the wife of the 62-year-old patient who tested positive on March 5

COVID-19. Members of the muslim community cleans and disinfects the Masjid Mosque at the Greenhills Shopping Center Complex in San Juan City after the San Juan Local government and the Department of Health recommended a temporary closure of the prayer room after an elder man who frequented the mosque was confirmed to have been infected by the covid19 virus on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

62-year-old coronavirus patient in PH 'in a very critical condition' – DOH

Mar 07, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The COVID-19 patient, who was admitted to the hospital due to severe pneumonia, is also known to have hypertension and diabetes

CLEANUP. Health workers disinfect a prayer room in Greenhills, San Juan, on March 6, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

3 foreigners from Taiwan, Japan, Australia catch coronavirus after travel from PH

Mar 06, 2020 - 2:28 PM

But the Department of Health and the World Health Organization say the travel history of 2 of the positive cases indicate they may have contracted the coronavirus outside the Philippines

OUTBREAK SCARE. People buy protective masks at a medical supplies store in Manila on January 31, 2020. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

4 more Philippine laboratories may soon test samples for coronavirus – DOH

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III also says the health department still won't use rapid diagnostic testing kits that have not been accredited by the World Health Organization

MORE LABS EYED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DOH: P530M 'enough' to combat coronavirus for now but more funds needed

Mar 04, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III declines to comment on the effect of the ongoing power struggle in the House on the DOH request for a P2-billion supplemental budget

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (R) and Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire (L) hold a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

WHO: 9 countries, including PH, show coronavirus 'can be contained'

Feb 28, 2020 - 12:56 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Philippines draws inspiration from the WHO citation but will stay vigilant against the novel corinavirus

PROTECTION. Metro Manila commuters wear face masks as protection from the coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

DOH stops contact tracing for coronavirus, shifts efforts to 'preparedness'

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says there are 'no indications' that those who came into contact with the 3 Chinese tourists who tested positive for the novel coronavirus got sick

CORONAVIRUS BRIEFING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque (middle) holds a press briefing with Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (right) and DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on February 25, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Around 500 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship to come home on February 23

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says even the Filipino crew member of the cruise ship who recovered from the novel coronavirus will still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine in New Clark City

GOING HOME. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after being quarantined due to the novel coronavirus. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Safe' to join public gatherings amid COVID-19 threat, says PH gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Several Cabinet officials including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tell the public that they can join gatherings with large crowds for as long as they observe DOH-recommended precautionary measures against COVID-19

FACE MASKS VS COVID-19. People wearing face mask look for books during the opening ceremony of 'Big Bad Wolf' book sale in Pasay City on February 13, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler