Charges against Secretary Francisco Duque III were almost up. Financial anomalies had been discovered whilst he was the Chairman of the Department of Health of the Philippines. Billions of funds released to PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corporation). Oddly, the multi-agency task force did not file charges against Duque. Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte himself revoked the recommendations.
No events at Cityhall this year to welcome Bangkok’s annual Car-Free day. Previous years saw civic groups holding colourful events at Cityhall. The lacklustre mood and lack of celebrations were simply due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.