Malacanang slams Robredo for saying Duterte admin is ‘in denial’ over lapses in COVID-19 response

Malacanang slams Robredo for saying Duterte admin is ‘in denial’ over lapses in COVID-19 response

Malacanang just have had enough of the tirades of the Vice President against the policies of the current administration most especially in the way it is handling the COVID-19 pandemic response in the country.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque expressed dismay at Vice President Leni Robredo for her statement that the Duterte administration is in “state of denial” over what she perceived as shortcomings as regards the COVID-19 response policies.

Roque said that the Duterte admin has been always open about its actions in the fight against COVID-19. In a statement Roque reiterates, that the administration welcomes input from all sectors, including the opposition.
Presidential Spox Harry Roque and VP Leni Robredo
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“The remarks of the Vice President that the national government is in a state of self-denial or praising its actions are hence baseless,” Roque said.

“We find the action of the Vice President, which is looking at the glass half-empty — focusing on the shortcomings just to score political brownie points at the expense of the Administration — totally unwarranted,” he added
In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines the Vice President was quoted saying that the current government seems to be in a state of denial by touting the gains of its fight against COVID-19 despite various shortcomings.

“Ito kasi, parang in a state of denial. Mayroong mga magagandang ginawa, pero mayroon ding mga hindi nag-work—mga sinubukan natin pero hindi nag-work,” the Vice President said.
Roque said these so called incomplete information the Vice President is looking for, regarding President Rodrigo Duterte’s weekly report to Congress on COVID-19 can simply be resolved if she just would ask for it.
“As the concurrent IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) Spokesperson, I call on VP Robredo to simply request the information she wanted from the concerned offices in the Executive Department. Also, I enjoin her not to hesitate in sending her valuable inputs, and I will make sure her concrete ideas will be tabled for discussion in future IATF meetings,” he said.

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