Pangilinan & Hontiveros slams Duterte for lack of pandemic plan

Pangilinan & Hontiveros slams Duterte for lack of pandemic plan




Opposition senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros are in unison in slamming President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for not having a comprehensive plan to address the global pandemic and the massive corruption at the hilippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA).

“Amidst the worst crisis the country is facing, not mentioned were the concrete plans to stop the continuing spread of COVID, plans to ease the hunger and unemployment of millions of our people, and plans to address missed targets for mass testing and contact tracing,” Senator Kiko said in a statement.


“Not mentioned was how to fast-track the distribution of the second tranche of ayuda that until now has not been received by many. Also not mentioned were the widespread irregularities and corruption in PhilHealth, and the overpriced medical equipment,” he added.


Opposition senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros
(photo credit to owner)

The opposition senator and current Liberal Party president reiterates the Duterte should fire PhilHealth officials and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for the alleged corruption in the health insurance company and the apparent inefficient response from the Health Department.
“With the corruption in PhilHealth, the removal of Duque and PhilHealth executives from office should have been announced. It seems that the problem of the still-spreading COVID and the subsequent economic collapse will not be solved,” he ended his statement.
Hontiveros calls Duterte mispriority in the fight against COVID-19



Senator Rissa Hontiveros reminded the Chief Executive that CoID-19 is the enemy of the country and not media, activists, and the Filipino people.

“The president’s SoNA was not a SoNA. It was not the state of the nation, it was not even an address. Hindi iyon ang totoong estado ng bansa,” she said in a separate statement.
“Mas pinalalala ng krisis sa pamamahala ng gobyernong ito ang krisis sa COVID-19,” said Hontiveros.
(The crisis in governance of this government worsened the crisis on COVID-19.)
“Instead of laying down a comprehensive plan for the country to combat COVID-19, the President opened his SoNA by assailing his critics and ranting about his personal grudge against the media. Clearly, walang maayos na plano,” she pointed out.



In defense of an ally in Drilon

The lady senator also slammed the Presaident for his act of swiping in his speec Minority Floor leader Franklin Drilon.

“The oligarchies clustered around the president himself. The president makes no promise unchain government from serving vested interests,” she said.
“The President uttered the same incoherent statements that did not present a health and economic roadmap that could lead us through this pandemic. Issues of unemployment and hunger were not directly addressed. Walang trabaho at gutom ang mga Pilipino, pero ang mga inunang isyu — death penalty, drug war, at kung anu-ano pa,” she added.
(Filipinos have no work and are hungry, but the issues that were given priority–death penalty, drug war and others.)






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