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[PODCAST] What is Duterte's actual role in pandemic response?

With COVID-19 transmissions soaring and hospitals packed, the spotlight shifts back on pandemic leadership.

There have been calls to abolish the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). Critics are again using the hashtag #DutertePalpak.

The IATF-EID and President Rodrigo Duterte are two major moving parts of the government's coronavirus response. Listen to Rappler reporter Pia Ranada explain how the IATF works and where Duterte really comes in.

The structure of pandemic decision-making is disjointed, with the task force consulting with mayors, businessmen, and doctors to come up with a set of recommendations but Duterte approving or rejecting them without being part of the policy debate.

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– Rappler.com