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JUST IN: President Duterte allots P2-Billion to DOH for free medicines

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will provide the P2 billion allocation for the Department of Health (DOH) for free medicines for the poor.

The budget was from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR). Duterte received 5 billion check from PAGCOR.

“I want every Filipino holding a reseta of a doctor that could not find the money to buy the medicines, sabi ko ibigay niyo yang P2 billion na yan this Christmas,” the President said.

Duterte led the traditional lighting of the Malacañang Christmas Tree held at the Malacañan Palace grounds on Monday evening.

"So kayong Pilipinas, nakikinig sa akin ngayon. May mga reseta kayo, go to the DSSD [Department of Social Services and Development, now Department of Social Welfare and Development] or hanapin mo ang inyong city health or the hospital itself and we will buy the medicines for you," Duterte said.

“I got the check four days ago and by this time it should be ready for assistance,” he added.

Duterte also mentioned freeing the political prisoners who are elderly and suffering from incurable diseases.

“If they are ready to be released and will be accepted by the families, I will release them before Christmas time. There’s really no point in detaining persons na matanda na tapos may sakit…It’s a very awkward feeling,” he said.

Source: GMA
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