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Despite repeated calls to resign from his post, Health Secretary Francisco Duque received a thumbs up from President Rodrigo Duterte for leading the Philippines’ Covid-19 response.
"That you have done good sa trabaho mo, and the Filipino will never forget that," Dueterte told Duque during his “Talk to the People” briefing, Monday.
"It's a sacrifice, really, for you to continue doing it, and I had to ask you several times to stay on the job because we need you," the president added.
Duque’s critics are calling for his resignation for the alleged lapses in the country’s pandemic response and allegedly for getting into anomalous deals using the government’s Covid-19 funds.