By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
Minutes after Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial’s rejection as Secretary of Health (SOH), the words “DOH Sec” landed fifth spot on Twitter’s list of trending topics.
Social media users have different reactions on the rejection of Ubial, who has been a public health servant for nearly 30 years.
Many expressed sadness over the rejection of Ubial, including Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito.
“I am biased for career individuals who have already given many years of service to the gov’t. Sad that Sec. Ubial was rejected by the CA,” the politician tweeted using his verified Twitter account, @jvejercito.
“It was expected but still shocking for politicians to reject appointment of Ubial as Secretary of Health. She is the best that we can have,” wrote Twitter user @monsplp.
“COA rejected Gina Lopez, Ma’am Judy Taguiwalo, Ka Paeng Mariano and now, Dra. Paulyn Ubial. And we have Mocha Uson as ASec? Get outta here,” said @thegiogeorge.
“She was very supportive of HIV/AIDS campaign in DOH,” @vinceliban stated with a sad face.
Some, on the other hand, approved of the decision of the CA.
“DOH deserves a far better head,” wrote F. Tree Hugger.
“For once, I agree with CA. Good riddance!” said FB user J. Capistrano.
“Good. So many competent than Ubial. She is intelligent but her approach to health care and governance in the ground is not effective. They need someone brilliant but strong person to implement properly,” M. Paredes stated.
While some wondered about the next head of the Department of Health (DOH).
“With Ubial’s rejection by the CA, I wonder who becomes the next health secretary,” @mockingjason tweeted.
Others have been mentioning names of “doctors who deserve to be the next DOH chief,” including DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag and social media personality and public health servant Dr. Willie Ong.
The Commission on Appointments (CA) today rejected the ad interim appointment of Ubial. Senator Gregorio Honasan, chair of the CA health committee, said 13 CA members voted “not to proceed” with Ubial’s confirmation. Honasan stated that Ubial’s achievements were outweighed by the issues raised by her oppositors.
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