- He said that one example is those who die even before getting tested.
- Journalist Arnold Clavio also posted a similar statement, saying that the government should be transparent with the real numbers.
In a statement last April 13, Senator Bong Go said that he believes that there are inaccuracies regarding the Department of Health (DOH)’s death count regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
He added that the Filipinos should be aware of the real numbers as it is their right to be informed.
“Dapat malaman nating yung totoo. Kung ilan talaga. Hindi natin pwedeng itago ito. Karapatan po ng bawat Pilipino ang malaman kung ilan talaga. Problema dito ay ako po ay naniniwala na ang numbers na naka-lista jan sa DOH na deaths, hindi lang po iyon ang namamatay dahil sa COVID,” Go said.
The senator added that one of the reasons he believes such is that there are people who die even before they get tested.
“Marami pa pong unreported na namamatay na hindi na po umaabot sa ospital at may mga nararamdaman lang pong symptoms ng sakit na COVID na hindi na nila nati-test.”
— RG Cruz (@R_G_Cruz888) April 13, 2020
News anchor and journalist Arnold Clavio also stated that there have been unreported deaths due to COVID-19. The death toll is seen as inaccurate and fishy after he went on Instagram and posted that the real number of deaths in the country is actually bigger.
“May karapatan tayo na malaman ang katotohanan mula sa gobyerno – Department of Health at mga lokal na pamahalaan. At may karapatan din ako na iparating ito sa kinauukulan.”
He said that a certain hospital has received orders to not record any more COVID-19 related deaths.
“Sa isang ospital sa Metro Manila, may utos na huwag nang magbilang ng namamatay dahil sa COVID19. Ayon sa isang frontliner, nakakatakot ang situwasyon dahil nagkalat sa hallway ng ospital ang mga bangkay. Sa isang ward, may 15-20 ang Covid19 positive. Sa tatlong ward, puno ng PUI (Person Under Investigation)”
The DOH has denied the allegations. The country now has the most cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia with 5,453 positive patients.