Duque admits some past DOH deals were corrupt as Gordon threatens to block budget

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged on Wednesday that there was “corruption” in some of the previous dealings of the Department of Health (DOH) after Sen. Richard Gordon threatened to block the approval of the department’s budget.

During the Senate plenary debates on the proposed budget of DOH for 2021 early Thursday, Senator Richard Gordon raised issues concerning public funds withdrawn for several DOH programs in the past.

Aside from the funds withdrawn for Dengvaxia back in 2015, Gordon said there was also money pulled for the health facility enhancement program aimed at building barangay health stations.

“In fairness to Secretary Duq…

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