Confused VP Leni?: Just ask me about COVID-19 response -Roque

Confused VP Leni?: Just ask me about COVID-19 response -Roque




Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque has a simple message to the Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines.
She should just ask him regarding the government’s COVID-19 response whenever there is something that is not clear or in need of clarification.

This was the response of Atty. Harry Roque after Vice President Leni Robredo made the comment that with respect to the government’s spending to the COVID-19 response there is "not enough information."
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Vice President Leni Robredo
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Robredo said that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte should release a detailed breakdown of how it spent hundreds of billions of pesos meant to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"I invite the good Vice President to just ask what she needs to know and we will respond. That's part of my duties as spokesperson," Atty. Roque said in a Malacanang palace press briefing.
Earlier VP Robredo said government documents available online is lacking on details on how funds for the pandemic response were used.

She added that the Philippines failed to "act urgently" at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and was still "catching up" with the response of other countries despite imposing one of the longest lockdowns in the world.
"For the past several hindi lang (not just) days, but weeks, I've been looking for documents online on the report of how the Bayanihan Heal as One funds were spent -- Hindi kumpleto (it's incomplete)," the Vice President told ANC. 
The Presidential spokesperson, however, defended the measures and policies undertaken by the government to respond to the pandemic, saying more lives would have been lost if not for the lockdowns that started last March.

"Tingin ko po tama ang mga hakbang na ginawa natin although we strive to do better at tingnan po natin kung mayroon pang mga bagong stratehiya," Roque said.
(I think we took the right steps although we strive to do better and let's see if there are new strategies.)
"Buong mundo po (worldwide), we are far from beating COVID-19. I hope the Philippines can break this worldwide trend," he added.



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