Dr. Leachon told to resign from COVID-19 task force after DOH rant

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Health expert Dr. Tony Leachon was asked to resign as special adviser to the National Task Force on COVID-19 after Health Secretary Duque and Presidential Spokesman Roque found his public comments on problems in the government's response as inappropriate.

in terms of risk communication, data management, and execution of all plans in battling the local coronavirus outbreak. He has long been calling on authorities to release real-time, granular data on infections, which he said will allow local officials to quickly respond and curb possible infections. He also lamented what he called the department's unreliable and delayed reporting of confirmed COVID-19 cases, ​which is supposed to shape state policies.

"It was an episodic, emotional outburst like a private citizen, not in any way to criticize in a negative way but I feel it's a constructive comment so that the health agency will shape up...[it pains me because] I know I can add value to the crusade, but I don't want also to be a burden to Sec. Galvez," Leachon explained, saying he has grown fond of the former military chief's leadership in the fight against COVID-19.

"My manner of communicating to the public – truthful, transparent, open and straightforward – might not be aligned with the communication strategy of the Palace,Pressed further, Leachon said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque were displeased with his public comments, which led Galvez to talk to him about leaving the task force:"manner that I communicate to the public as to the many lapses of the Department of Health.

Meanwhile, he thanked Galvez, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Senator Bong Go, and the President for his stint with the NTF. Leachon clarified that he is not backing calls for Duque to quit his post as Health chief, saying that he literally recommends that the official to take some rest so he can reassess current interventions:"You need to revisit your goals and plans if things are not working right now at maraming complaints against the department... You need to step back a little bit and then re-analyze."

Source: Healthcare Press (healthcarepress.net)


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Because he no longer meet the qualifications set by those 🤡🤡🤡 - L I A R - I N C O M P E T E N T - L A Z Y

Ang hirap kong sasalungat ka sa agos ng tubig, kong tama naman bakit hindi pero mahirap talaga!

His effective than Duque, transparent on reporting and mgaling sa analysis. Sayang naman.

DrTonyLeachon These people can't handle competence and sound criticism. Their data management is 'garbage in, garbage out'. You deserve better, Doc.

That’s right anyone who disagrees with your ideas are either wrong or fake news. Go with that hopefully your people do not wake up to your game plan.

DrTonyLeachon Duque calls the truth as inappropriate?

This is typical of govt. Fire the one who says the truth when it runs counter to the desired optics. Ikaw , SecDuque , when are you resigning for all your kapalpakans? Sobrang kapal ng mukha mo, wala kang delicadeza. You even threw your own people under the bus. Disgusting.

Meanwhile, si debold na nagviolate ng quarantine rules ayaw pakawalan ni Du15x2 kasi may naiambag naman daw.

Napanuod ko pa siya sa news kahapon parang hiningan siya ng opinyon about how DOH responding on pandemic especially Sec. Duque., a day after pinag resign na..whaaatt talaga ba mga mamser.. ano to kapag may maganda kang layunin sa bansa out ka sa circle, o sige kayokayo na lang..

Apaka sensitive talaga ng administrasyon ngayon

Pilipinas Kong mahal 💔

attyharryroque SecDuque better transparent than engaging in obfuscation. DrTonyLeachon did the right thing a thousand times over, than anything else the government has done in response to this pandemic

First, allegations of relieving RITM director for complaining in VIP testing, next NCMH exec director expose was reassigned to Las Pinas, and now a legit doctor who tells the real score in DOH was sacked. What's next? Go will be the next head of NTF?

The boat is sinking

AnonGisingPH Yan ang government perfect haha perfect sa katangahan.

Mamili ka...bayan o sarili?

Premature reporting.

The people know who painted white & who did red. The great medical props men behind the stage (like Dr. Tony) did their part for the entire cast to deliver the best performance the people well deserve. It’s the actors’ call & the people saw the ‘phantom of the opera.’ Sigh!

Pag nagsabi ng totoo tungkol sa kapalpakan ng gobyerno, tanggal ka.

Kahit ilagay mo ang pinakamagaling na tao at pinaka experience wala rin manguayari kasi yun mga appointed ayaw tumanggap ng critisismo..

E bakit si Duque nandyan pa rin? Di ga't incompetent yan!

Perhaps, the next DOH Secretary. Just my two cents. If a closed door meeting with the president transpires, that's it.

Good job, Tony. Never mind bong go

Ano nga sinabi nila...'we support freedom of speech' Ang galeng-galeng nila...

liadcruz kapal din naman ng mukha ni sec na magpa resign when sya itong puro palpak

Shamed on you people.. xia n nga lng totoo ngayon.. at tumutulong s mga HCWs DeployPHNursesNOW

TRUTH HURTS! This goverment is at its stupidity.

He's inappropriate? I don't think so. Say 'we' don't think so. We think he's very credible, concern, ingenious a nd resourceful. Dr. Leachon should be leading the health system of our country.

hmm masama ba mag sabi ng totoo sa mga gunggong sa gobyerno..🤷🏻‍♂️

Seriously, they’re like children. Actually, even children are more mature than this. It’s both disappointing and sad that our government cares more about their already tarnished image, rather than actually fighting COVID. But what can you do 🤷🏻‍♂️

Why is the Philippines not flattening the curve? That's because the Dutertards are more focused on silencing critics instead of listening to the people who know what needs to be done to contain the virus.

liadcruz What is an appropriate and inappropriate response to cases that have ballooned and yet dismissed this as mostly late reports over fresh ones? Does a late case flatten the curve?

Silence the truth tellers and hold on to those who mislead the public....so sad and worrying!

ahahaha. dapat ung isa ang pinag-resign. mukhang mas magaling pa si dr. leachon kesa dun sa isang un.

It feels like duque's stay in DOH is numbered...maybe it won't be long til something happens.

If you are slighted by mere comments about your incompetence, can you imagine how we feel to suffer brunt of your incompetence? You asked DrTonyLeachon to resign for his inappropriate comments but you have no shame to cling to your post despite public clamor for you to quit.

Butthurt! They seriously let go of Dr. Leachon for spitting truths. Shame. Instead of communicating with him so they can meet halfway, they even asked him to resign. Grabe grabe. This admin really likes to appoint and keep incompetents no?

This is what happen when you are a honest man you can not mingle with f*ckin corrupt people. I wonder what did he found out there?😳

You're the man.

PREBataller Allergic kasi sila sa mga truthful. 'Di sila sanay.

Sensitive naman sa comment ang gobyerno natin.

Petty AF s8nstan's little tumors!

Hahaha they cannot accept that they are useless in their position..... lol

Tama lang po yun, wag na kyo makisali sa kapalpakan ng DOH. Ewan ko ba ano meron sa Sec ng DOH, at hindi matanggal sa pwesto nya. PPRD please ano po ba ang nakikita nyo kay Duque na hindi namin alam

Napapanuod ko po sya sa ANC. Walang duda, mahusay po sya. Mas marunong keysa sa Secretary ng DOH 😂😂

Once an official gets critical with government action, expect removal from office - D029+1 Legacy

Dr. Leachon: 'My manner of communicating to the public – truthful, transparent, open and straightforward – might not be aligned with the communication strategy of the Palace, doon po siguro kami hindi nagkaintindihan.'

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