Malacañang said Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte surely wants Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong to remain as the country’s contact tracing czar.
“I have heard with my own two ears nothing but words of praises for mayor Magalong from the President,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.
“So of course, I am sure, 100 percent sure, that the President would want mayor Magalong to stay on as tracing czar,” he added.
Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong reiterated on Tuesday that his resignation as the country’s tracing czar was irrevocable. However, he said he would stay in his post if President Rodrigo Duterte orders him to do so.
Magalong said he would meet with vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. and deputy chief implementer Secretary Vince Dizon this week to discuss the matter.
“I’m due to meet with Secretary Galvez this week together with Secretary Vince and again I would like to reiterate that my resignation is irrevocable. I will continue to help in the contact tracing,” Magalong told ANC.
Roque ‘100% sure’ Duterte wants Magalong to remain as contact tracing czar
The mayor added he would be obliged to follow Duterte if the President orders him to remain as the contact tracing czar.
“It is a situation that no one can refuse if the President tells you to stay and perform your job. I cannot refuse the President. Pero hindi naman na siguro aabot ‘yan kay Presidente, sa dami ng problema ng Presidente. Siguro at the level ni Secretary Galvez, makapagdesisyon na,” he said.
Currently, Magalong said he is leading in the contact tracing efforts in Bontoc and La Trinidad where UK COVID-19 variant cases were recorded.
“I continue to perform my job as contact tracing lead, in fact mina-manage pa rin namin ‘yung situation doon sa Bontoc and La Trinidad and I just met with Asec. France Laxamana yesterday of DOH and we are due to meet with her team on Wednesday para nga turuan namin ng aming analytical tools, especially on the aspect of link analysis,” Magalong said.
Magalong said he was responsible for his personal actions, adding that he should have reminded the party attendees to follow health protocols.