10 September 2021
EP 80: Duterte spokesman under fire for berating health workers
Secretary Harry Roque, President Duterte’s spokesman berated medical frontliners in a recent meeting by the government’s Inter Agency task force. Roque blew his top when doctors appealed to the government to revert Metro Manila to strict lockdown instead of relaxing restrictions. This was the time when COVID-19 cases were soaring driven by the Delta variant. Roque has since apologized for the flare-up. But he’s standing up with what he said. We speak with those at the receiving end of the secretary’s outburst. Was it even called for? Was it even fair? But more importantly, is the government doing well or doing enough to take us out of this worsening pandemic?