The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said releasing medical information and safety protocol matters regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is not under its purview.
PRC chair and chief executive officer Senator Dick Gordon said only the Department of Health and the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 have the authority to release information regarding COVID-19 medical and safety protocol matters.
Gordon noted that the PRC is a humanitarian organization whose primary task during the pandemic has been to provide testing services, support communities, and persons who have been affected by COVID-19, and frontline healthcare workers.
“It is not in our purview to release medical or scientific information about the virus or about restrictions on the activities and movement of our people.”
“It is not in our purview to release medical or scientific information about the virus or about restrictions on the activities and movement of our people,” the veteran legislator said.
The seasoned lawmaker made the statement after information allegedly coming from the PRC regarding COVID-19 medical and safety protocol matters have circulated.
The senator also came into the defense of PRC governor John Tiong, who has corrected his earlier statements on the matter and has apologized for any misunderstanding that may have arisen.
“He meant no malice and only wanted to make certain that everyone stays safe during the holiday season.”
“I am sure he meant no malice and only wanted to make certain that everyone stays safe during the holiday season,” he said.
Gordon stressed the need for the responsible use of communications and social media platforms.
He reiterated that only he, the Secretary-General, and other duly designated persons with clearance are authorized to issue official statements on behalf of the PRC.
“Let us all remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and our families by keeping good health practices and complying with all safety protocols issued by the government,” Gordon concluded.