Resigned COVID-19 task force adviser gets netizens’ support

Published June 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

Dr. Anthony Leachon, former special adviser of the National Task Force (NTF) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), made headlines on Wednesday after he was “forced to resign” from his position.

Dr. Anthony Leachon (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Dr. Anthony Leachon (Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I left NTF due to my differences with DOH policies, (such as) for example, lack of sense of urgency, problems in COVID data management and transparency in (the) communication process. That’s life. That’s how it is. There’s a silver lining though. Thank you very much,” he tweeted.

Leachon received broad support in the social media, with his name even trending on Twitter.

Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon wrote, “Dr. Leachon has been consistent from the beginning back in late January and early February, when it was clear that the problem was management of the crisis. He always raised a concern about risk communication. I thought that was the reason why he was brought in.”

Former Presidential Spokesperson Erwin Lacierda @dawende also tweeted, “It’s unfortunate @DrTonyLeachon resigned in haste. I recall he’d bombard us with his thoughts as we were pushing for sin tax rationalization. He can be a handful but that’s how advocates are. They push hard for their beliefs and the world is better off with gadflies than with morons.”

Many netizens commented that it was Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque who should have resigned and not Leachon.

@MissLowvv said, “How funny it is when we want Duque to resign but they’d rather kick the likes of Dr. Leachon, the useful and competitive one. Guess the government is more about naivety.”

@ericfabbyy added, “We wanted Sec. Duque to resign but what we received was Dr. Leachon’s ouster from the IATF instead. Unbelievable!”

“He’s inappropriate? I don’t think so. Say ‘we’ don’t think so. We think he’s very credible, concern, ingenious and resourceful. Dr. Leachon should be leading the health system of our country,” said @henryjmt.

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