Pro-Duterte doctor answers anti-Duterte doctor: Your premise is wrong and malicious



Dr. Francisco Tranquilino, a cardiologist in the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, in his Facebook account gave a reply to Psychiatrist Dr. Ana Junia, after the latter posted that  doctors who support Duterte should be reviewed by an ethics board and sanctioned.

Dr. Tranquilino said that the anti-Duterte doctor's premise is invalid and malicious.

According to Junia's post, doctors who are not speaking up against the killings in the country need be reviewed by an ethics board.

"This is indefensible. This is wrong. If you are not speaking out against this then I recommend some soul searching. If you are a doctor and you are not speaking out against this, then by remaining silent, you will be complicit in the murder of 3 million," Junia said.

She said that doctors whose oath first states that no harm shall be inflicted, cannot side with murder.

" I encourage the PMA and the PPA to loudly denounce this. I encourage every MD I know to speak out against this and to educate people about substance abuse. Substance abuse is an illness. People addicted to drugs need treatment. If you are an MD, you should know this."

Tranquilino then reacted by pointing out what was wrong with the post.

"First of all, what is so indefensible and wrong about doctors who support President Duterte's war on drugs? It is so illogical and deplorable to say that if a doctor is not speaking out against the government's conduct in its drug war, then he/she becomes complicit in the "murder of 3 million.""

Tranquilino first criticized the number 3 million which Junia said was the number of people killed.

Read the full post below:

The Premise in Calling for Sanctions from PMA (and PPA) Against Doctors Who Support Duterte is Completely Invalid and Malicious

A colleague called my attention to the FB post of a certain Psychiatrist Dr. Ana Junia a few days ago which was shared by another colleague who happens to be a Cardiologist.

I quote in full Dr. Junia's post:

"To Doctors Who Support the Duterte Administration's Conduct in Its Drug War

This is indefensible. This is wrong. If you are not speaking out against this then I recommend some soul searching. If you are a doctor and you are not speaking out against this, then by remaining silent, you will be complicit in the murder of 3 million. If you are a doctor and you are for this, then your actions need to be reviewed by an ethics review board. You should lose your right to practice if your solution to drug addiction is murder.

Evil happens when good people do not speak out against it. Murder is evil. It is not the answer to the very real problem of substance abuse. We are doctors. What happened to our oath? First do no harm, remember?! I encourage the PMA and the PPA to loudly denounce this. I encourage every MD I know to speak out against this and to educate people about substance abuse. Substance abuse is an illness. People addicted to drugs need treatment. If you are an MD, you should know this. I don't care about the politics. Do drug dependent patients deserve to be murdered for their illness? If your answer is no, then speak out against this madness. If your answer is yes, then you don't deserve the privilege of being a healer."

LET ME CALL THE ATTENTION OF DR. ANA JUNIA AND OTHERS WHO SHARED AND REPOSTED HER MESSAGE. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IS SO WRONG WITH IT.

First of all, what is so indefensible and wrong about doctors who support President Duterte's war on drugs? It is so illogical and deplorable to say that if a doctor is not speaking out against the government's conduct in its drug war, then he/she becomes complicit in the "murder of 3 million."

Where did that 3 million come from? And what complicity are you talking about? At this point, let me call your attention for spreading fake news. What is your source for the 3 million figure? What is your evidence for this number?

You want doctors' actions to be reviewed by an ethics review board if we support the democratically-elected President of our country? And call for the suspension of our right to practice if our solution to drug addiction is murder? Again, the premise is totally wrong and malicious. Whoever said that the solution to the drug problem is murder? Of course murder is evil. But where in the hell did you get the idea that all deaths related to the war on drugs are state-sanctioned? Yes, the police may be involved in some, but these are not sanctioned by the government. It is no way near that.

What have we violated from the PMA (or PPA) or even the PRC Codes of Ethics? I will not even attempt to discuss with you these Codes as your premise for such allegations are completely invalid.

I suggest you clear your facts first before accusing your colleagues of any unethical conduct. Otherwise, such malicious, unsubstantiated allegations against a colleague may constitute violation of PRC Code Article I Section 5 and Article IV Section 12, and PMA Code Article I Section 4.




Source:  Francisco Pascual Tranquilino
 

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