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Netizens criticize Francisco Duque III’s market visit, find it as a way to be visible for the 2022 elections

They accused Roque of using it as a “publicity stunt” instead of focusing on his real job.

After being spotted, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III got criticized by Netizens when he visited Brgy. Baclaran, Paranaque City for a Bida Bostonero

The campaign aims to mitigate the COVID-19 transmission by enforcing social distancing measures on the citizens for at least one meter.

“Makatutulong ito sa pagputol ng kadena ng hawaan at mababawasan ang kumpulan sa public places,” Duque stated.

He also proceeded to distribute some masks and face shields to vendors and passers-by.

With the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the country, Duque earned backlash for his visit, saying that it’s a stupid move for the secretary.

One claimed that the reason why the secretary forgot to sign the papers for Pfizer–it’s because of his other priorities.

Another even described it as “trivial fieldwork.”

“Imbes na bakuna dala dahil trilyon and inutang, facemask at bastion pa rin ang DOH,” a Twitter user exclaimed.

Some can’t help but compare the country’s COVID response to its neighboring countries who have already started with their vaccination drive while the Philippines are still giving away face shields.

One even accused the secretary of using the market visit to make himself more visible for the 2022 elections.

“7,000 cases na pero nakuha mo pang mag-libot,” a netizen said.

It was also called a “publicity stunt” and a Twitter user urged Duque to fix the country’s health system first before wasting his time.

Despite the number of daily COVID positive records, Duque said that the Philippines is not “ten steps backward” with its pandemic response, as claimed by former DOH Secretary Esperanza Cabral.

“Hindi naman siguro tama na sasabihin na ten steps backward. Please lang. Isipin naman yung malasakit nila sa healthcare workers natin na ang kabayanihan ay di mapantayan,” Duque answered.

“Sana naman wag ganun kalupit ang kanilang mga opinyon. Kawawa naman tayong mga lingkod-bayan na talagang halos walang patid ang paninilbihan natin.”

The Philippines COVID-19 cases continue to rise, with 7,103 new infections on March 19, 2021, a year after the lockdowns were first implemented.

Written by J M

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