SENATOR Risa Hontiveros has condemned the killing of another volunteer of the government’s Doctor to the Barrios (DTTB) program.
Hontiveros said the killing of a volunteer doctor is no longer an isolated incident describing it as “a crime against the people.”
“Konti na nga lang ang mga nagboboluntaryong doktor sa mga baryo, pinapaslang pa,” Hontiveros said.
On Tuesday, unidentified men gunned down Dr. Sajid “Jaja” Sinolinding, while on-duty in his clinic in Cotabato City.
One of the assailants allegedly posed as patient.
The attack happened less than two months after Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, a fellow volunteer doctor was killed in Sapad, Lanao del Norte.
“Nakakalungkot dahil sa bawat volunteer doctor na pinapatay, isang bukaspalad na tao ang inaagawan ng buhay, at isang komunidad ang pinagkakaitan ng serbisyong medikal,” the senator added.
Hontiveros said the killing of volunteer doctors poses a “serious threat to the people’s access to public health, and a mortal danger to the lives of the already small number of volunteer doctors.”
She said as of 2016, only 320 of the 946 slots were filled in the DTTB program managed by the Department of Health (DoH).
The slain doctor was the younger brother of DoH-Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Secretary Dr. Kadil Sinolinding Jr.
The victim's family said their family had been receiving death threats since last year due to their exposure of alleged corruption in a school in Arakan, North Cotabato.
Hontiveros called on the authorities to conduct a deeper investigation on the incident.
She is sets to file a resolution to urge the Senate to look into the killings of volunteer doctors in the provinces.