By Analou de Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) has denied that it issued an order to government hospitals to post materials that bear the name or picture of senatorial aspirant Christopher “Bong” Go.
“The DOH is strictly following Comelec (Commission on Elections) rules and did not issue any instructions for DOH hospitals to use, distribute, or post materials which feature the name or face of any person running for a position in office,” the health department said in a statement.
Recently, the Comelec asked the DOH to take down “Malasakit Center” posters in government hospitals. The posters feature the name and picture of Go.
“We have reminded our medical center chiefs to immediately take down any visual displays of candidates that may be found in our facilities,” the DOH said.
“We request the public to report to the DOH any sightings of such visuals that may be misconstrued as campaign materials favoring any candidate for the coming elections,” it added.
Meanwhile, the DOH said that the Malasakit Center poster seen displayed at the Philippine General Hospital should be “coordinated with the University of the Philippines.”
“For the poster captured outside Philippine General Hospital’s (PGH) Malasakit Center, this has to be coordinated with the University of the Philippines since PGH is not a DOH hospital,” said the health department.
To note, Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop of various government agencies related to hospitalizations, that aims at helping patients to speed up the processing of medical assistance. It is said that the project was a brainchild of the former presidential aide.