- He added that the VP has reached out to IATF with recommendations a couple of times.
- Gutierrez then told them to read the recommendations so that they won’t look inutile.
Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp spoke up and called out the Duterte administration to listen to what health experts are saying instead of just waiting for the COVID-19 vaccine to be publicly available.
The Vice President’s spokesperson Ibarra Gutierrez released a statement after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque accused Robredo of politicking after President Rodrigo Duterte said that the government has been doing enough as there are enough hospitals, quarantine facilities, and morgues available while the country is waiting for a vaccine.
Gutierrez stated that whenever there’s a problem, the administration always answers the same thing.
“Tuwing may malaking problema, ang sagot na lang nila sa ating lahat, ‘Walang solusyon. Subukan kaya ninyong basahin din minsan ang mga rekomendasyon ng mga doktor at ibang eksperto,” he said.
He added that Robredo has tried to make them listen to health experts but they chose to remain inutile.
“Ilang beses na ring ipinaabot ni Vice President Leni sa IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) ‘yung marami rito sa recommendations…para hindi naman kayo nagmumukhang inutil lagi.”
One of the Vice President’s recommendations is for the government to improve its assistance of the employees who are already returning to work amid quarantine restrictions.
“Nagkakasakit at nawawalan ng trabaho ang libu-libong Pilipino. Hindi naman tama na ang sagot lang sa kanila ng ating gobyerno ay ‘Sorry, pero wala kaming magagawa.”
President Duterte earlier compared Robredo to a “germ flying around” and said that the public should not listen to her.
“Alam mo Leni kung gusto mo, if you really want to do away with the COVID, i-spray-han natin itong Pilipinas o Manila ng pesticide para patay lahat. What do you want us to do? Ang problema kasi nitong… ‘yung magsabi na we are not doing enough. What can we do with the germ that’s flying around?” Duterte said.