On September 28, Vice President Leni Robredo said that she actually wants President Rodrigo Duterte to succeed in the fight against the pandemic.
Robredo made it clear to the public that her criticism of the government’s COVID-19 response is her way of showing that she just wants to be given the opportunity to help.
“Ididiin ko: Gusto lang naming tumulong. Ayaw naming mabigo ang gobyerno, dahil kapag nabigo ang gobyerno, tayong mga Pilipino ang magdurusa, tayong mga Pilipino ang magkakasakit at mamamatay,” she said.
She also said that further division between the supporters of Duterte and her party is not really needed in this trying time.
“Malaki ang problema, kaya dapat lahat tayo may puwedeng i-ambag. Hindi ito panahon para ipagdiinan ang hidwaang administrasyon o oposisyon. Sa panahong ito, ang mahalaga, Pilipino tayong lahat,” Robredo said.
Robredo on Monday gave suggestions on how the country can overcome the pandemic, similar to what neighboring countries have done.
Robredo wants the government to be more strategic and organized in their efforts to combat the pandemic to lessen the rise in confirmed cases. She also thinks the government has “good intentions” in their fight against the deadly disease.
“Kailangan strategic at organized ang pagkilos. Dahil sa kabila ng mabuting mga intensiyon, hindi maikakaila ang katotohanan: Maraming Pilipino ang patuloy na nagkakasakit. Marami pang puwedeng gawin; marami pang kakulangang puwedeng punan,” Robredo said during a live stream on Facebook.
“Ito ang simpleng katotohanan, at kung gusto nating baguhin ang trajectory ng bansa, kailangan nating harapin ito, at maging bukas sa lahat ng kaisipan, lahat ng mungkahi, lahat ng handang umambag – dahil walang ibang paraang malagpasan ang hamon na ito, kundi ang magtulungan,” added the Vice President.
The Palace has received three sets of proposals from Robredo’s office which seek to provide further support for the government’s response to the pandemic.
Robredo has always said that she has the right to criticize the government whenever a mistake is committed.
The vice president received a lot of praise for her remarks.
No sign of negativity in VP Leni's speech – despite all the hate, fake news, and trolling she has received. Her focus on solutions, reliance on evidence, and willingness to work with the government is a breath of fresh air in these leaderless, rudderless times.
— Gideon Lasco (@gideonlasco) September 28, 2020
VP Leni, thank you for what you are doing for the Philippines and for us, Filipinos. To those who are helping your Team, thank you also. Stay safe and healthy po. God bless!
— Minty_peach (@Mintypeach2) September 28, 2020
VP Leni Robredo is the voice of the Filipinos who are so very frustrated with the sluggish government response on #covid19.
— Macario Sakai #PeoplePowerVs2020 (@macari0_sakai) September 28, 2020