Philippines veep warns presidential spokesman: "You have no right to bully, humiliate doctors"


MANILA, Sept 12 (Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN): No one has the right to bully nor humiliate doctors, Vice President Leni Robredo said after a video leaked showing presidential spokesperson Harry Roque lashing out at doctors over opposing views during an Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases meeting.

She added that the IATF meeting is an avenue for different sectors to discuss and harmonize their takes on the pandemic to better serve the public.

"If there is someone who has a different view with you, you do not have the right to react the way Secretary Roque did. That’s why there is an IATF to listen to everyone." Robredo explained during the BISErbisyong LENI program on DZXL.

"If you do not agree, it is okay to say that you disagree. But you do not have the right to bully or humiliate," the vice president added.

Robredo noted that Roque’s anger is “misplaced” as the doctors only represent their sector which is the frontline in the COVID-19 pandemic.

She further said that if there was anyone who is politicizing amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it was those running the government under President Rodrigo Duterte.

"It’s as if Secretary Roque is saying that the opposition wants the government to fail. Isn’t that nonsense? If the government fails, the opposition will be affected," expressed Robredo.

"Who would wish for the government to fail? If there’s anyone politicking, it’s them." - Philippines Daily Inquirer/ANN

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