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Senators seek Duque’s ‘immediate resignation’

first_img* Sen. Manny Pacquiao According to Sotto, there are two more senators who supported the resolution but has yet to sign it. Angara, one of the signees of the resolution, said in a statement that the Philippines is in need of a more active leader who will address the COVID-19 health crisis. Fifteen senators have signed the Senate Resolution No. 362, citing Duque’s shortcomings that resulted in “poor planning, delayed response, lack of transparency, and misguided and flip-flopping policies” for COVID-19. The following senators signed the resolution: “Secretary Duque was made aware of the sentiments of the Senators and the President expects him to work even harder to set aside any doubts on his capacity and sincerity to serve the public during these difficult times,” he added. * Senate Majority Leader Juan MiguelZubiri Majority of senators slam Health Secretary Francisco Duque III’s “poor planning, delayed response, lack of transparency, and misguided and flip-flopping policies and measures” in addressing the coronavirus pandemic in the country. PCOO/FACEBOOK * Sen. Nancy Binay “Whether he is removed or not, status quo cannot continue if we want to defeat the virus. Kelangan mas bibo ang liderato dito laban sa virus. We were late for testing, contact tracing is almost nonexistent, hospitals short of protective gear – we need to be better,” Angara said. * Senate President Vicente Sotto III * Sen. Sonny Angara * Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian * Sen. Imee Marcoscenter_img MANILA – More than half of the members of the Senate, including those allied with the administration, called for the immediate resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for his “failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency” in handling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis in the country. * Sen. Grace Poe President Rodrigo Duterte is keeping his faith on Department of Health secretary Francisco Duque III amid calls from majority of senators for his immediate resignation. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea meanwhile said President Rodrigo Duterte is not sacking Duque as the country is in the middle of fight against the COVID-19. * Sen. Ramon “Bong” RevillaJr. * Sen. Panfilo Lacson * Sen. Lito Lapid * Sen. Francis Tolentino Duque, in February, faced senators in a hearing on the Philippine government’s preparedness against COVID-19. The Philippines only had two confirmed cases then. The Philippines now has 5,453 confirmed cases, 349 deaths, and 353 recoveries./PN * Sen. Joel Villanueva “The President has made a decision for Health Secretary Duque to stay put,” Medialdea said. “He also expressed his appreciation for the Senators’ gesture in giving him the opportunity to weigh his options on the performance of Duque.” * Sen. Ronald Dela Rosalast_img read more

‘Most photographed’ Wall Street Trader has Coronavirus

first_imgYou’ve seen the face of Peter Tuchman, dubbed the “most photographed trader on Wall Street,” often. In addition to the roller coaster ride on Wall Street, Tuchman has also made news by announcing on Instagram Thursday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.The New York Stock Exchange trader, who calls himself the “Einstein of Wall Street” on his Instagram page, revealed the diagnosis with the picture of a Corona Extra beer bottle and an emoticon of hands joined together.“Hi guys I just thought I’d let you know that I did test positive for corona. I am battling it pretty hard never felt so sick in my life…,” Tuchman said in the post.“Great team of doctors no breathing problems that’s a good thing all the other problems that’s a bad thing will get to the other side of this I’ll be in touch … soon … send prayers,” he added.At least two more Intercontinental Exchange-owned NYSE floor traders tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, despite strict measures taken to prevent those infected from entering the exchange while it remained open last week, according to a memo seen by Reuters.last_img read more