Senator Nancy Binay on Tuesday supported calls for the Duterte government to treat the country’s healthcare workers with respect and provide them better treatment, saying they do not deserve to be castigated. Binay appealed in light of President Duterte’s statements against the medical community following their call for the government to revert Metro Manila and some provinces deemed as COVID-19 hotspots back to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to stop the spread of the disease and avoid overwhelming hospital workers further. Duterte agreed to place Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan under the modified ECQ (MECQ) but criticized healthcare workers for “calling for a revolution.”


First I welcome the move. even if it’s not ECQ, I think win-win compromise this MECQ. For that, I welcome this move by the President,” Binay said in an interview over ANC’s Matters of Fact. But on that part where he castigated our health workers, I just hope we don’t see them as enemies). And I think that is where Health Secretary Francisco Duque should come in because he has the ear of the president,” Binay said. “If he was able to explain it properly, I think the President wouldn’t get that impression that our health workers are staging a revolution,” she added.


Binay said that while she is not privy to how things are done inside the President’s Cabinet, she believes the country’s frontline workers do not deserve a public scolding. “But you know at the end of the day for me, our health workers do not deserve that kind of lashing,” she said. “Moving forward, we have to move on. We have two weeks.

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