A big group of health practitioners last week slammed President Duterte for hindering the probe being conducted by the Senate into alleged massive corruption in the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Health (DOH).
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, headed by Senator Dick Gordon, is currently investigating the allegedly questionable multi-billion peso pandemic supply deals awarded by the government to Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation for personal protective equipment, face shields, face masks, etc.
The group – which is composed of over 300 prominent physicians, including ex-DOH secretaries Esperanza Cabral, Enrique Ona, Carmencita Reodica and Manuel Dayrit – made known their sentiments in a manifesto indicating their “collective expression of indignation and call to action” against the President’s order for Cabinet officials not to participate in the ongoing probe.
“We call on the President not to obstruct the testimony of material witnesses to any investigation It is only right that the Office of the President should make sure there is no corruption (attendant to the Pharmally transactions),” according to Dr. Norbert Lingling Uy, former president of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP).
Dr. Cabral said the PCP and the others were convinced into signing the document because they believed the President was actually obstructing the Senate investigation to shield his friends in Pharmally led by former economic adviser Michael Yang.
Incumbent PCP president Maricar Limpin said the manifesto was an expression of frustration and anger at alleged massive corruption in the procurement of Covid supplies while frontliners were risking their lives treating patients.