This lawmaker holds free clinics in the House

February 29, 2024 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 94 views

If Mariel gets her gluta or vitamin C drips in a senator’s office

FOR South Cotabato Rep. Peter Miguel, a physician by profession, holding free clinics has always been his advocacy wherever he may be, as former mayor and vice-mayor of Koronadal City, and now as a member of the House of Representatives.

Miguel, an ENT doctor, said in a press briefing in the House that he is holding free clinics in his office, whenever his schedule and time permit, when asked if he was willing to give glutathione drips to patients in his office, which became viral after Mariel Padilla, wife of Sen. Robin Padilla, posted a photo of her getting drips in the latter’s office.

“Totoo pong meron akong clinic sa taas, (sa) South Wing. Libre pong magpatingin dahil po ‘yan po ang adbokasiya natin, yung healthcare. And I’m happy that I’m given the chance to work as local chief executive (before). Ngayon po nasa Kongreso na,” Miguel, also the vice chair of the House Committee on Health, said.

“Wala pang nagtatanong pero ako hindi ako magdi-drip dito. I’ll just stick with my specialty. Dun ako mas magaling, dalubhasa ika nga. At may doctor din tayo sa House kung may ibang concern po ang patitingnan natin, the lawmaker replied when asked by a reporter if he gives gluta drips in his office.

As Mayor and Vice Mayor of Koronadal City, Miguel said he always found a way to give free medical clinics to anyone who may need it.

“I’m a practicing doctor before I became a politician. Naging adbokasiya ko po before ako naging politiko or public servant to serve (the) community through free service. So when I became Mayor, nagset-up po ako ng free clinic … when I became Vice Mayor. That is why I made it a point nung nandito na ako sa Congress na ganun din,” Miguel explained.

He explained that he will not be giving gluta drips in his free clinic because it is not part of his specialization.

“Mas gusto ko sa specialization ko dahil ayaw kong pumunta yung ibang pasyente natin from the House mismo. Alam mo thousands ang empleyado dito, thousands ang staff ng mga congressmen, dun palang makakatulong ako sa aking field,” he said.

Mariel Padilla’s post, long taken down, drew mixed reactions from netizens, with many saying it was inappropriate.