MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (April 13) threatened to suspend hospitals, especially those operated by the government, if they refuse to admit patients suffering from any kind of illness, including those suspected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This, after the President heard of a patient in Cabanatuan City who died from an ailment after six hospitals rejected him.
President Duterte said that aside from suspension and charges against the facility, staff or doctors responsible for such negligence will be punished by dismissal from work.
“Kaya lahat na magkasakit (that’s why all those who will get sick), especially government hospitals, my order is – [you] must accept admission,” the President said.
“You fail on that, I will relieve all of you from the hospital and you can consider yourself suspended because the written order will follow,” he added.
Meanwhile, the President said the enhanced community quarantine will be useless without the cooperation of the public in observing proper social distancing measures.
Such behavior is causing the rise in number of confirmed cases in the country.
Thus, the President also warned to sanction local government units (LGUs) who are being lax in implementing strict social distancing protocol.
“Kayong mga mayors, huwag kayong maglaro kung ayaw ninyo mag-social distancing, mapipilitan ako puntahan ka at arestuhin ka. Ayaw kong mag-aresto ng mayor, (To all mayors, do not play around. If you don’t enforce social distancing measures, I will be compelled to come to your place and arrest you),” the Chief Executive warned local officials who insist on imposing their own ordinances different from what the national government orders.
“Sa panahon na ito ang batas isa lang, ang batas ng (Department on Health) as implemented by Lorenzana, Año, Galvez. Silang tatlo. Iyan ang batas ngayon (At this time, there is only one law and that is the one ordered by the DOH as implemented by Lorenzana, Año, Galvez — those three. That is the law at present),” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)