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Celebs, netizens laud VP Leni Robredo’s recent call to improve the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Vice President Leni Robredo earned prases for her national address regarding the government’s COVID-19 relief.

  • She was complimented for her early and detailed speech that pointed out precise issues that need to be addressed.
  • These include businesses, cash assistance, job loss, and the slow digital connection in the country.

Celebrities and netizens praised Vice President Leni Robredo for her national address on August 24 emphasizing on urging the government to consider giving 10 million poorest of the poor Filipino families a monthly budget of Php5,000 for four months to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Pangunahin sa mga rekomendasyong pang-ekonomiya—gaya ng naidiin ko na sa ibang mga pahayag—ang paglalatag ng masinsin, mabilis, at malinaw na mga hakbang para tugunan ang pandemya. Idinidiin ko: Hindi magkatunggali ang mga suliranin ng kalusugan at ekonomiya. Address the pandemic, and we set in motion the gears of the economy,” she stated.

“Kung mabibigyan ng 5,000 pesos kada buwan para sa apat na buwan ang 10 million poorest families, aabutin ito ng 200 billion pesos. Maliit na halaga ito para mailigtas sila mula sa gutom. Dalawang beses nang nakapagbigay ng ayudang pinansyal ang pambansang pamahalaan. Sang-ayon ang maraming eksperto na dapat pang maglaan ng dagdag na pondo para mai-extend ito.”

She also suggested strengthening the digital signals in the country, extra assistance for MSMEs and small-time entrepreneurs, and the increasing number of Filipinos losing their jobs.

Actress Agot Isidro described the Vice President as a “true leader” and included #LetLeniLead on her tweet.

Comedian John Lapus also shared the Rappler link of Robredo’s address on his account.

Jules Guiang talked about how Robredo took a “swipe” against the administration’s COVID response.

“Siya nalang please,” Rod Magaru wrote.

Netizens also praised the Vice President for delivering a calm, collected, and early speech.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines, the Office of the Vice President has set up a Community Mart, designed and donated PPEs to hospitals and medical workers, started Bayanihan e-Skwela to teach both teachers and parents things they can learn amid the pandemic, and had free shuttle service to assist frontliners and workers to and from work.


All projects were done with a limited budget from donations.

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