Health groups call for justice for slain rural doctor
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
MANILA — Progressive health groups are calling for justice for Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas, the municipal health officer of Sapad, Lanao del Norte who was killed on March 1.
Perlas was riding his motorcycle on his way to his boarding house when he was shot dead by motorcycle-riding assasins. He was 31 years old.
Perlas, who hailed from Batan, Aklan province in the Visayas, was a volunteer of the Department of Health’s Doctors-to-the-Barrios program. A news report said he was deployed in Sapad, Lanao del Norte in 2012, but he continued to serve the people in the area even after his contract with the DOH ended in 2014. He then became its municipal health officer.