“The President has made a decision forHealth Secretary Duque to stay put,” Medialdea said. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO “Secretary Duque was made aware of thesentiments of the Senators and the President expects him to work even harder toset aside any doubts on his capacity and sincerity to serve the public duringthese difficult times,” he added. President Duterte simply “expressedhis appreciation” for the senators’ gesture in giving him the opportunityto evaluate the performance of Duque as health chief, Medialdea said. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte willkeep Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in his Cabinet, Malacañang said aftersenators called for the health chief’s resignation. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdeasaid the President expects Duque to work “even harder” following thecall. In a resolution, senators cited thehealth chief’s “lack of foresight and inefficiency” as a ground forhis removal from office. At least 14 senators signed a resolutionfiled earlier Thursday calling for Duque’s resignation due to “failure ofleadership” in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Senators said several DOH policies ledto the spread of COVID-19 in the country, eventually making the Philippines theSoutheast Asian nation with the most number of coronavirus cases. “I will continue to serve the countryto the best of my abilities…We will answer these allegations in due time, butright now, we will continue to be in the trenches with our health care workersand frontliners,” he said. (ABS-CBNNews) Duque on Thursday, meanwhile, said hewould respond to the senators’ call in due time.