DOJ orders NBI to probe death of lolo rejected by 6 hospitals

April 15, 2020

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday directed the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the death of a senior citizen in Cabanatuan City who had difficulty in breathing and died in his home after he was denied admission by six hospitals.

"The DOJ (Department of Justice) has already directed the NBI to investigate the incident," Guevarra said.

The patient’s daughter Girlie Cabling Cagaoan said her father was turned away by all six hospitals because of lack of Intensive Care Unit facilities.

The story of Cagaoan’s father was mentioned by President Duterte in his speech Monday evening, which led him to warn hospitals against turning patients away.

“Alam mo, you know guys, alam ninyo mali ‘yan. So ‘pag totoo ‘yan, I will really ask the justice department to prosecute you kasi alam ninyo na hindi pwede ‘yan especially the government hospital,” he said in his televised address late Monday night.

“Kaya lahat na magkasakit, heart attack, appendicitis, pumutok ang kung anong puputok diyan, pumutok ‘yung utak, especially government hospital, my order is: must accept admission. You fail on that, I will relieve all of you sa hospital and you can consider yourself suspended because the written order will follow,” he added.