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It didn’t last long, but for a brief and hilarious time, the Wikipedia entry of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III described him as “a Filipino physician and government secretary serving as sadboi of DOH after COA exposed questionable funds [sic] while being the Secretary of Health since 2017”.

Wikipedia’s volunteer army of editors were quick to remove that trolling reference, but not before a Redditor managed to take a screenshot and share it on the r/Philippines subreddit.

That last edit was apparently the last straw in a series of changes made by vandals, causing the page to be locked as a security measure. But because Wikipedia records the trail of edits on every page, it’s easy to see the many humorous attempts at revising Sec Duque’s page, including the longer version describing Duque as “a Filipino sadboi, drama queen, part-time government official”.

from Reddit r/Philippines

Beginning on August 17, Duque’s Wikipedia page underwent a number of edits—one changed the section under “Early Life and Education” to say that Duque had earned a degree in “Drama and corruption” instead of zoology. Another change inserted “mafia boss” into his description, while yet another changed the president Duque served under to “Xi Jinping.”

A couple of other changes resulted in his full name being reported as Francisco “Timawang” Duque and another…well, see for yourself:

Edit history of the Wikipedia entry on Francisco Duque III

Edit history of the Wikipedia entry on Francisco Duque III
Edit history of the Wikipedia entry on Francisco Duque III

Most of Duque’s current Wikipedia entry remains to be the standard politician’s bio, highlighting his successes as a government official in Philhealth, GSIS, the Civil Service Commission, and his two stints as Health Secretary (the first was in 2005 to 2009, under the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo).

One recent edit, however, was left in, ostensibly because it is a demonstrable fact and not vandalism. In the main description, this line remains: “Duque, along with the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Eduardo Año, has been criticized with accusations of incompetency, corruption of funds, mishandling and failure of leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines that resulted in 30,000 deaths and devastating economic losses for the country, resulting in millions of jobs loss, shutting down of most businesses, and delayed delivery of vaccines. There have been calls for Duque’s resignation from the general public, medical workers, politicians, and other public officials.”

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This article, For a while there, Sec Francisco Duque’s Wikipedia entry called him ‘sadboi of DOH’ and ‘drama queen’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.

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