SPMC a symbol of hope and salvation for Mindanaoans
To the people of Mindanao, the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is not just “a Davao hospital” but a “salvation center” where all of the most serious medical cases are referred to – from cancer to injuries from accidents, wounds from gunshot and bombings and, yes, coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). SPMC is a “symbol of hope and salvation for people in distress.
Piñol, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), issued this statement as he lashed out at Maria Ressa of Rappler, for her comments against the SPMC.
In a Twitter post on Tuesday, Ressa suggested that SPMC in Davao City, the home city of President Rodrigo Duterte, obtained the biggest Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) allocation from the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) because of favoritism.
Piñol, a former journalist himself, described Ressa’s statement as laced with malice, and one that offended Mindawons, especially SPMC’s health workers.
Piñol said he could not believe that Ressa, a seasoned journalist, could be so reckless in comparing SPMC with the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
“In her eagerness to put the administration in a bad light, she abandoned a basic tenet in journalism – check, double-check, and if needed, triple-check,” he said.
Piñol said that Ressa should have known that SPMC is the biggest government hospital in the country serving a region with a population of 25.5 million while PGH is among the hundreds of major hospitals in Metro Manila with a population of only 12 million.