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Año apologizes for Roque’s outburst vs doctors

/ 04:34 AM September 15, 2021
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MANILA, Philippines — Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday apologized to the medical community after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque berated a group of doctors during an online meeting of the task force on pandemic response last week.

“For me personally, I want to apologize to the health sector. That is an unfortunate event that should not have happened,” Año told CNN Philippines.

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While he acknowledged that Roque had a valid argument, Año did not agree with the way the Palace official said it.

“Of course, we are in the government, but that should not be a privilege for us to shout at anyone. We are all citizens of this country and we should respect each other,” he said.

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Roque drew flak after a leaked video that went viral showed him angrily scolding doctors during a meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Sept. 7. Roque later apologized for his behavior.

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