MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is not manipulating the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country even with the agency’s new form of reporting, according to Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire.“Ang DOH ay naging transparent from the very start with our data. We have our system,” Vergeire said during Monday’s press briefing. “There are still about 6,000 backlogs of reported cases for validation,” she said. “Ang DOH ay naging transparent from the very start with our data. We have our system,” says Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire. Amid criticisms on how the DOH is recording the cases, Vergeire bared that some 6,800 COVID-19 test results have yet to be validated. ABS-CBN NEWS Vegeire reiterated the increase in the number of cases is brought about by the department’s “increasing validation capacity.”“We are now able to validate more cases so that we can tag them as confirmed and meron ho tayong ‘fresh’ and ‘late’ cases. ‘Yung ‘fresh’ cases po, ito po ‘yung mga kasong na-detect natin for the past three days,” Vergeire said.The DOH recently started classifying new cases as either “fresh” or “late” cases. Fresh cases are those whose test results were released within three days before reporting by the DOH, while late cases are those whose results were released more than three days before reporting.The Health department said it changed its reporting method out of concerns that the numbers may further cause fear among the public.Vergeire’s comment came after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon casted doubt on the DOH after it changed its method of reporting COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.“We demand full transparency. With the DOH changing the manner of reporting the data after more than two months, we cannot help but suspect that it is hiding something. Honesty is the best policy here,” Drilon said in a message.“Manipulating the data will not bring us anywhere. The experiences all over the world show that a great deal of transparency spells a huge difference in winning the battle against this pandemic,” he added./PN Amid criticisms on how the DOH is recording the cases, Vergeire bared that some 6,800 COVID-19 test results have yet to be validated.