President Rodrigo Duterte shared that his partner, Honeylet Avanceña wanted to volunteer as a frontliner to help the people infected by C0VID-19.
On August 2, Duterte said that Avanceña who’s a former nurse wanted to help the people in need of medical attention amid the pandemic.
“My wife has also volunteered to be a frontliner. May anak kami, ka-isa-isa. But since she is moved by a sense of — kasi nga nasabi niya nahihiya siya sa sarili niya. She is a nurse and yet ang trabaho — ito, itong ganitong parang it’s war against microbes, who are our soldiers? The nurses and the doctors,” said Duterte.
“If you cannot go for the extra mile, well, I can understand. I am very sorry. I can understand you. Pero wala kaming matawagan na iba eh,” he added.
Avanceña worked in the United States for four years before returning to Davao in 2004.
The President also shared that many nurses decided to join the Philippine National Police (PNP) because of the higher salary.
He then ordered his cabinet members to order the nurses of PNP to distribute the vaccine if it becomes available in the future.
“Marami nag-pulis kasi ang suweldo ng nars, 8,000. Ang suweldo mo pagka pumasok sa akin, entry fee mo, 30,000. Ginawa kong 30 kaya lahat ng mga nurses, babae at lalaki, pumasok diyan,” he said.
“Now, I’ll leave it to — I’ll leave the problem to General Año, for the uniformed nurses sa pulis, and for General Lorenzana, they should be assembled and help,” he added.