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Duque: Still many blindspots in ‘novel coronavirus’

Jan 22, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Duque says being infected with a coronavirus is not 'an automatic death sentence' as there are coronaviruses that cause the common cold

BLINDSPOTS. The DOH is investigating the case of a 5-year-old child who traveled to the Philippines from Wuhan, China for manifesting fever, throat irritation and cough prior to entering the country. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOH probes suspected case of novel coronavirus in Cebu City

Jan 21, 2020 - 1:39 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the suspected case involves a 5-year-old Chinese boy who arrived in Cebu City from Wuhan, China

DOH PRESSER. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (right)with WHO Country Represenattive Dr Rabindra Abetasinghe briefs the media on January 21, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Pompeo urges end to 'tyranny' of Venezuela's Maduro

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:59 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido in Colombia

MADURO. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Duque orders check on travelers from China following reports of mystery viral pneumonia

Jan 05, 2020 - 8:50 AM

Chinese authorities have confirmed 44 cases of a mystery viral pneumonia, which sparked fears about a resurgence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS

Thousands march in Colombia to keep pressure on President Ivan Duque

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Some protesters in Bogota, the captial, bang pots and pans as they made their way through the streets. Large demonstrations are also held in Cali and Medellin.

A demonstrator holding a poster of the late Dilan Cruz -who died due to injuries from a police shot- shouts at riot police during a march against the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque during a national strike in Cali on November 27, 2019. Protest leaders in Colombia called a new general strike for Wednesday after a meeting with President Ivan Duque made no progress towards ending deadly anti-government demonstrations now in their sixth consecutive day. LUIS ROBAYO / AFP

Thousands join general strike protesting against Colombia's government

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:33 AM

The protest comes amid social upheaval across South America, as a wave of unrest over the past two months has battered governments in Chile, Bolivia and Ecuador

View of a vandalised bank after protests during a nationwide strike called by students, unions and indigenous groups to protest against the government of Colombia's President Ivan Duque in Cali, Colombia, on November 21, 2019. LUIS ROBAYO / AFP

DOH is '1000%' in support of vaping ban

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:17 PM

'That's the President's policy pronouncement,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on a vaping ban allowing for arrests of vape users, even though an executive order has yet to be issued

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gestures during a press conference at Quezon City on November 9, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

DOH confirms 4th case of polio in the Philippines

Nov 05, 2019 - 9:31 PM

A test conducted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases-Japan confirms the country's 4th case

VACCINATION. Children get their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila, on October 14, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duque wants national government control over health services in poor LGUs

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:18 PM

'There are LGUs that do not prioritize health. [It's the] constituents who suffer,” says Health secretary Francisco Duque III

SELECTIVE RENATIONALIZATION. Renationalizing health care in poor communities could doctor the patchy implementation of certain health programs, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Rappler Talk: Francisco Duque III on the state of health in the Philippines

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Rappler speaks with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III about vaccination, universal health care, and other health issues in the country

DOH reached polio vaccination target – Duque

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'It is really very important to ensure that children will be covered with the proper vaccines so that they are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

POLIO VACCINATION. Residents of Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, along with their children joint the National simultaneous polio vaccination on October 14, 2019, to stop the spread of polio in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duque wants review of Local Government Code to renationalize healthcare

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'If health is not a priority and there are other priorities like infrastructure, health programs can be compromised,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of the country's current system of devolved healthcare

RENATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants a review of the health provision in the Local Government Code of 1991. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

No conflict of interest? Duque family still doing business with DOH, says Lacson

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says a Duque family-owned company got contracts from the government during Francisco Duque III's stints as health secretary under two presidents

CONFLICT OF INTEREST? Senator Panfilo Lacson unveils new evidence alleging Health Secretary Francisco Duque III's tendency to allow his family to get government contracts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: No conflict of interest in family business dealings with gov't

Aug 14, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tells the Senate blue ribbon committee that his personal interest in two businesses owned by his family 'did not in any way conflict with the interest of the government'

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives his opening statement at the start of the s=Senate inquiry on alleged anomalies of PhilHealth on August 14, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Family does business with gov't while Duque is health chief – Lacson

Jul 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson urges Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to ‘rid himself’ of conflict of interest and ‘put the interest of the people above everybody else’

CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Senator Panfilo Lacson gives a privilege speech on July 29, 2019, hitting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for his family’s business deals with government. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gonzalo Duque appointed PH Coconut Authority administrator

Jul 29, 2019 - 2:41 PM

Gonzalo Duque is the brother of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and is currently serving as commissioner of the Social Security Commission

LOOK: Manila, Pasig governments welcome 'Back to Bakuna' immunization program

Jul 16, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Health chief Francisco Duque III assures Manila and Pasig parents that vaccines work

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III administers a measles vaccine to a student during the school-based immunization campaign attended by local official led by city Mayor Vico Sotto and Representative Roman Romulo at the Pasig Elementary School on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH declares national dengue alert

Jul 15, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health reports a total of 106,630 dengue cases from January to June 2019

NATIONAL DENGUE ALERT. The total number of dengue cases in the Philippines stands at 106,630 from January to June 2019.

New law allows minors to get HIV test without parents' consent

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:09 PM

A key provision of the new law allows minors from 15 to 17 years old to undergo HIV testing even without parental consent

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Food poisoning at Imelda Marcos' party likely due to poor handling – DOH

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Suspect cases strongly point out to a toxin causing it,' derived from staph bacteria, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

RESCUE TEAMS. Rescue vehicles wait outside the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City to bring food poisoning victims to nearby hospitals on July 3, 2019. The victims attended the birthday celebration of former first lady Imelda Marcos. Photo by Jire Carreon

DOH still far from reaching vaccination target

Jul 03, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says only 11% of the target vaccination coverage rate of 95% has been reached, so far

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Community vaccination in response to the measles uutbreak takes place in the Baseco, Manila on February 16, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DOH to vaccinate 9 million schoolchildren

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the 9 million children are crucial to achieving the target vaccination coverage 5 months after a measles outbreak was declared

VACCINE PROGRAM. The Department of Health relaunches its school based immunization program on July 3, 2019 at the Signal Village National High School, Taguig City. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Duque volunteers to be investigated by DOJ in ongoing PhilHealth probe

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Even though he was not being probed, the health secretary asks the DOJ to investigate him

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque asks the DOJ to include in tis investigation his family-owned property leased to PhilHealth in Dagupan City,  Pangasinan. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gov't to run after corrupt health providers, PhilHealth officials – Duque

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:58 PM

'Tama na ang hocus pocus...I will ensure that justice will be served to those who defraud the system,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque hits fraudulent payments made over 'ghost' kidney treatments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH approves rules to implement law on pregnant women, infants

May 03, 2019 - 11:27 AM

Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III says that although the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 11148 serve as an important guide, it is in the execution that makes all the difference

FULL EFFECT. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III leads in the ceremonial signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 11148 or the Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act. Photo by Jene-Anne Pangue/Rappler

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Measles cases decreasing but outbreak not yet over – Duque

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the health department still needs to reach its target vaccination coverage of 95%

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Patients stricken with measles overflowed the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila during the first few weeks of the outbreak in February 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang eyes executive order to address water shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(UPDATED) The executive order would establish reforms in agencies that deal with water, says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, as he assesses the water shortage also hitting hospitals

Residents of Hill top, Brgy. Bagong Ilog in Pasig City on March 12, 2019, queue for water after the barangay experienced water shortage for several days cause by the operational adjustments conducted by Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Over half of infants, toddlers in measles immunization program now vaccinated

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says 54% of children 6 to 59 months old – the DOH's priority group for immunization – have been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease

FIGHTING MEASLES. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why are measles cases still rising? Duque explains

Feb 18, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says cases are only expected to subside once the government achieves its target of 95% vaccination coverage

OUTBREAK CONTROL. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque visit the measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 13, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Trump, Colombian president meet over Venezuela crisis

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:23 AM

Colombia plays a crucial role because it has taken in the lion's share of the more than two million Venezuelans fleeing chaos, poverty, and political violence

TRADE TALKS. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019, to discuss the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Measles cases in Philippines still rising – Duque

Feb 13, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The health department has tapped other government agencies to help conduct a mass immunization campaign in response to the outbreak

OUTBREAK RESPONSE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque inspects tents set up to treat the influx of measles patients at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

At least 70 deaths due to measles – DOH

Feb 11, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health says almost 4 out of 5 fatalities were not vaccinated for measles

Families with measles patients crowd the Pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the declaration of a Measles outbreak in some provinces of Luzon and Visayas and the NCR by the Department of Health on February 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Vaccine scare: PAO chief not to blame for 'impassioned advocacy,' says Panelo

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Malacañang says it would be up to PAO chief Persida Acosta to act on claims that her handling of the Dengvaxia controversy discouraged parents from having their kids vaccinated against measles

Senate hearing for Dengvaxia case. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Thousands march in Bogota after deadly car bombing

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:27 AM

The protest march ends with a religious service in memory of the victims, all between the ages of 17 and 22, killed Thursday in the deadliest attack with explosives in the city since 2003

A demonstrator with a megaphone shouts slogans during a march against terrorism, in repudiation of the police academy recent car bombing that left 20 people dead, and in support of the victims and their relatives, on January 20, 2019. The Colombian government on Friday blamed leftist ELN rebels for Thursday's bombing of a police academy in Bogota that killed 20 people as well as the attacker, and dealt a body blow to the peace process. President Ivan Duque reinstated arrest warrants for 10 ELN peace negotiators who are part of the guerrilla group's delegation to the Cuba talks. Juan BARRETO / AFP

21 dead in car bomb attack on Colombian police academy

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:39 PM

'All Colombians reject terrorism and we're united in fighting it,' President Ivan Duque says in the aftermath

Colombia condemns alleged plot to kill president

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Police detains 3 Venezuelan citizens in possession of 'weapons of war,' who are believed to be part of the alleged plot to assassinate Colombia President Ivan Duque

LEADER. IVAN DUQUE. Colombian presidential candidate Ivan Duque (L) celebrates with supporters after winning the first round of the Colombian presidential election, in Bogota on May 27, 2018. File photo by John Vizcaino/AFP

Health workers to keep jobs under proposed DOH budget – Duque

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Budget and Management has agreed to restore funds for a DOH program that deploys health workers to rural areas and poor communities

JOBS SAFE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says issues on the possible loss of jobs for health workers has been 'resolved' with the budget department. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH seeks more funds to finish nearly-complete health facilities in 2019

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says about P16.7 billion is needed to make over 1,000 health facilities nationwide operational

BUDGET HEARING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P257B needed for first year of universal health care coverage – DOH

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Increasing the excise tax on cigarettes from P32.50 per pack to P90 will also discourage smoking and lessen incidents of tobacco-related diseases, says Health Secretary Duque

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duque asks Duterte to certify tobacco tax hike bill as urgent

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50

MORE EXPENSIVE CIGARETTES. Customers looks at a stall selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at a mall in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Venezuela says Colombia's president shielding Maduro's attackers

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:26 AM

Venezuela says Colombian President Ivan Duque 'has placed Colombian institutions at the service of obscure and unspeakable interests against the government of Venezuela, endorsing and supporting all sorts of actions and conspiracies'

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures after the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced the results of the voting on election day in Venezuela, on May 20, 2018. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Colombian leader urges diplomatic isolation of Venezuela

Sep 25, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Colombia's Ivan Duque says Venezuela should be barred from talks called for September 25 to support countries that have taken in migrants from the country grappling with a severe political and economic crisis

ON VENEZUELA. Ivan Duque, president of Colombia, addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit September 24, 2018 a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Duque silent as Garin sues Ubial for Dengvaxia mess

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque says he will leave it to the courts to decide on the former health secretaries' liability in the Dengvaxia controversy

UP TO COURTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque says he is not in the position to comment on the squabble between former health secretaries Janette Garin and Paulyn Ubial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque: 'Not appropriate' to declare emergency health crisis for students who got Dengvaxia

Sep 03, 2018 - 10:10 PM

'It may not be appropriate to declare because if we did that, we might spawn fear and more uncertainties and this can be quite unsettling for parents,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Job losses seen under lower proposed DOH budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the lower funds allocated to its Health Human Resources Deployment program may result in the loss of jobs of about 15,000 health workers.

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH urges Senate to pass bill on P1.16-B special fund for Dengvaxia recipients

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III makes the appeal after lawmakers at the Senate after failed to pass the bill on the proposed fund after deliberations on August 15

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine was administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's now-suspended school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Colombians fail to approve tough anti-corruption measures

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Election officials say, with almost all ballots counted, the measure for tougher anti-corruption punishment is 470,000 votes short of the 12.1 million votes needed for approval

STOP CORRUPTION. Colombian senator and spokesperson for the anti-corruption consultation Claudia Lopez (right) and senators Antanas Mockus (center) and Angelica Lozano show their ID cards in Bogota, on August 26, 2018, during voting within a popular consultation on measures including cutting congressional salaries and boosting sentences for corruption.  Photo by John Vizcaino/AFP

DOH reports 1,227 leptospirosis cases so far in Metro Manila

Aug 22, 2018 - 2:08 PM

This is a 358% increase from the 268 recorded cases during the same period in 2017

FLOODED. A boy swimming in flood water along 9 de Febrero in Mandaluyong after heavy rain due to Typhoon Domeng. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Gov't anti-drug campaign 'balanced, well-coordinated,' says Duque

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Health chief Francisco Duque III bases his assessment on the increased number of rehabilitation centers and drug users treated under the Duterte administration

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III at a Senate hearing on the department's Barangay Health Stations project in July 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler