A Negros doctor who practiced at Canlaon Hospital, in Guihulngan town of Central Visayas was gunned down last November 20. He is the ninth doctor under the Duterte administration to be killed within the last two years.
Last November 10th-14th, a medical-surgical mission participated in Northern Samar, co-organized by the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Kabataan Alliance.
Composed of nurses, medical and pharmacy technicians, medical scribes, health students, pastors, community organizers, educators, and volunteers from across the United States, they met volunteer doctors and health professionals and workers in the Philippines who gave their time, energy, and skills, for the underserved communities who have little opportunity to see doctors, much less avail of health services.
Together with the Council for Health and Development (CHD) and Aksyon Health Workers (AHW) they call for justice on the most recent killing of Negros doctor, Dr. Avelex Amor.
They urge the immediate investigation and justice for attacks on all health professionals, especially those practicing in underserved communities.
These include the deaths of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas of Lanao del Norte, Dr. Jaja Sinolinding of Cotabato City, Dr. George Repique of Trece Martires, Cavite, Dr. Romeo Subiate of Tarlac City, Dr. Vicente Soco of Dinagat Island, Dr. Amalia Gutierrez of Cotabato City, Dr. Felix Valenzuela of Bago City, and Dr. Harivelle Hernando of Las Piñas City.
The alliance pushed for the Philippine government, specifically, the Department of Health (DoH) to take responsibility and ensure the safety of future medical missionaries to underserved communities.