UP executive resigns after backlash over insensitive tweet about community pantry death

MANILA, Philippines – Dr Ted Herbosa resigned as executive vice president of the University of the Philippines days after tweeting “I told you so” when an elderly man died while he was doing his job. queuing in a community pantry.

UP, in a statement Sunday after midnight, said Herbosa had resigned for “personal reasons.”

Herbosa, who is also a medical adviser to the government coronavirus task force, was UP’s executive vice president from 2017.

The university code stipulates that the PVE assists the president in the implementation of educational plans and university policies. The Executive Vice President also acts as President if the post is vacant or if the incumbent is unable to perform his duties.

His tweet, “Death by the community pantry. I told you so ! A storm launched on the social media platform over the weekend.

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Users pointed out that the private sector-led initiative, which has sprung up in various parts of the country, is a response to the lack of government assistance to many people affected by the lockdown of “NCR Plus” and by the pandemic in general in other regions of the country.

The elderly person had lined up in a community pantry that actress Angel Locsin set up in Quezon City, but lost consciousness and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

UP said in its announcement that university president Danilo Concepcion expressed regret over Herbosa’s resignation. Prior to that, UP Diliman’s student newspaper The Philippine Collegian reported that Herbosa had requested time off.

In accepting Herbosa’s resignation, Concepcion spoke of the need for “consistency and harmony in our relationships as trustees, as well as in our public statements, given that we both represent the university community as a whole, its mind and interests ”.

Norma P. Rex

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