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Anti-corruption body questions VP Leni Robredo for ‘competing’ in COVID-19 relief efforts; celebrities react

The administration’s anti-corruption Commissioner Manuelito Luna questions the Vice President for “competing” with the government in doing relief efforts

Vice President Leni Robredo is being questioned by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) for “competing” with the government’s efforts to address COVID-19 Pandemic.

PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the Vice President’s fund drive and relief operations, citing that her efforts are competing with the Duterte administration’s own efforts.

“Being a part of the national government, Robredo is barred from competing with the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Office of Civil Defense or the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council,” Luna said.

He added that the Vice President’s actions might violate the government policies in addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Robredo’s camp said that the call for a probe is “Ridiculous and Inappropriate”.

Robredo’s spokesman Barry Gutierrez said that the Vice President’s action to mobilize relief drives and her efforts in addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic was the right and responsible thing to do.

“Anyone who insists that bringing much-needed assistance to hospitals, health workers, and poor Filipinos is somehow a ‘competition’ has absolutely no understanding of the gravity of the crisis we are all facing,” Gutierrez said.

The Office of the Vice President, as of Thursday, had delivered medical supplies to 100 hospitals and Local Government Units nationwide. The office also raised PhP 40 Million from various donors which all went to health workers and frontliners.

“She has done all this without requesting additional public funds or seeking expanded powers. She did this because she saw a need, and she took action to meet it,” Gutierrez added.

Twitter users responded that there was no competition, after all, pointing that the COVID-19 is the real enemy and not each other.

Well-known TV Reporter Karen Davila tweeted that “There is no competition for God’s sake.”

Gab Pangilinan shared a tweet of this news from the CNN Philippines, wondering how come this has become a competition.

Journalist Inday Varona was furious when she learned about this, telling that “Silence is not an option” for the citizens who are criticizing the government response to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Parokya Ni Edgar’s frontman Chito Miranda asked when did the act of helping become illegal. He then urged people to let them help others in times of need.

On the other hand, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Executive Director Mocha Uson tweeted that the probe to call Robredo was fake news, with shared a post from PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica.

“It was a personal opinion and request made by one of the Commissioners of PACC that doest not reflect the sentiments of the Commission,” Belgica said in a video.

Written by Lloyd Saladaga

A Transport Enthusiast who writes as well for Mindanao Economic Boom, 7000, and TransportPH.




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