Slain volunteer doctor’s family said he had been receiving threats — Health chief

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  • The family of slain volunteer doctor Dreyfuss Perlas said he had been receiving threats before he died
  • Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial disclosed such info without revealing more details
  • Perlas was shot while on his way home from a medical mission

The slain volunteer doctor Dreyfuss Perlas had been receiving threats before he died.

In an article written by Manila Bulletin reporters Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Chito A. Chavez, it was disclosed that Perlas, who was shot dead in Lanao del Norte last week, had been receiving threats to his life since last year.

“The family actually told us that Dr. Dreyfuss already informed them when he went home last December that he might opt to go for residency in Samal because of some threats,” Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said.

No other detail on the threats was made available.

Perlas, a volunteer doctor who has dedicated his life in helping the poor, was killed on his way home from a medical mission.

“Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, Doctor to the Barrios Batch 30, MHO (Medical Health Officer) of Sapad, Lanao del Norte, and coincidentally a schoolmate of mine in high school and one of the nicest people, was shot dead yesterday evening while riding in his motorcycle on his way home from a medical mission. Dr. Drey is originally from Batan, Aklan, but he chose to serve in LDN (Lanao del Norte. When his contract expired, he had the option to go home to fill the vacancy of a needed physician in his hometown, but he chose to stay in Sapad because he saw the need. He was 31,” said Dr. Paulo Tugbang, whose Facebook bio disclosed that he was also a Doctor to the Barrios. “It’s horrifying when death becomes the price of service.”

A single bullet, which pierced his heart, ended the life of the well-loved public servant.

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