Dennis Uy’s 2Go blamed for death of four-month old baby
2Go is being blamed for the death of a four-month old baby whose family rode one of its ships from Cebu to Manila on May 26.
The 2Go Group is majority-owned by Dennis Uy, the owner of Phoenix Petroleum and a campaign contributor of President Rodrigo Duterte. Henry Sy’s SM Investments Corp. also has indirect ownership in the 2Go Group.
Facebook user Kriz Angelic Mi said her baby, Angelo, was in good spirits and health when they boarded the 2Go SFX3 on May 26. Angelo was in a playful mood then but started vomiting in the morning of May 27. Kriz said Angelo seemed to have diarrhea so they took him to the clinic. The doctor in attendance told them bluntly that he was not a paediatrician and that he doesn’t know anything about paediatrics. She asked for some meds but the doctor reiterated that he does not know paediatrics and told her to wait until the ship docks. Kriz and her husband returned to their room, sad and hoping that whatever their baby had was not grave. The vomiting and the diarrhea continued. Kriz’s husband, Richard Carlos, took the baby back to the clinic for the doctor to see that the baby was still vomiting but the doctor still did nothing, not even take the temperature. So, they went back to their room again.
With the condition of the baby deteriorating, they again went back to the clinic to look for the doctor. Even if he hasn’t been doing anything, they truly believed he could help because he is a doctor.
“kahit alam naming na walang maitulong ang doctor binabalik balikan pa rin naming kasi naniniwala pa din kami na may maitulong isya kasi doctor siya,” Kriz said in her FB post.
They went to the clinic four times but couldn’t find the doctor. The doctor was found at the salon, having a foot spa, so they took their baby there. The attendants at the spa saw how pale the baby was and gave the baby a massage and rubbed an ointment on him which somehow made the baby feel a little better. They again went back to their room. The baby’s condition continued to deteriorate so they took him back to the clinic at around 3pm but the doctor still didn’t attend to him. A nurse arrived at around 4pm. Kriz said her baby was already dehydrated but the nurse only carried the baby and rubbed an ointment on him. At around 5pm, the baby was already having difficulty breathing. It was the nurse who told the doctor what to do—to provide the baby with oxygen. She said it was infuriating because it took the doctor a while to put the oxygen mask on the baby and that it was as if he didn’t know what he was doing. By 6pm, the baby was no longer breathing.
Kriz said she’s very angry because all they needed for their baby was first aid and some assistance which 2Go failed to give them.
“I want justice for the death of my baby,” Kriz said.
2Go’s side was sought on the matter through a phone call and a couple of emails but it did not reply. (by Eileen A. Mencias)