Lack of system? Palace says Robredo ‘entitled to own opinion’ on gov’t COVID-19 response

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16)— Malacañang on Wednesday shrugged off Vice President Leni Robredo’s latest remarks on the supposed lack of system in the government’s COVID-19 response, saying that she was entitled to her own opinion as a member of the political opposition.

“Of course, as the leader of the opposition, we don't expect anything positive about this administration from her,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told CNN Philippines The Source. “We've accepted that.”

“She can say all the negative things about the administration, but people still support the President,” he added.

Robredo, in a television interview on Tuesday, explained that she has not joined calls for the resignation of Health Secretary Francisco Duque as the country faces a bigger problem — the apparent lack of system in the government.

Iyong problema natin is so much bigger than Secretary Duque. Para sa akin, iyong problema talaga iyong national government, na parang walang sistema… parang walang cohesive na plano,” Robredo stressed.

[Translation: Our problem is so much bigger than Secretary Duque. For me, the problem is that our national government seems to have no system… it’s like there is no cohesive plan.]

In previous pronouncements, Malacanang advised critics, including members of the opposition, to set aside politics while the country battles the health crisis.

Not politicking

Robredo's aide, however, said the administration should not dismiss the vice president's comments as mere politicking as all Filipinos have the common goal of fighting and surviving the pandemic.

“Sa panahon na ito, hindi na dapat ang pag-iisip natin oposisyon o administrasyon. Ang pag-iisip natin dapat dito lahat tayo ay Pilipino, lahat tayo gustong makaahon ang buong bansa natin laban sa pandemyang ito,” Barry Gutierrez, Robredo's spokesman, told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon.

[Translation: During this time, we should not think this is the opposition or the administration. We are all Filipinos, we all want to beat this pandemic. We all want the country to survie this.]

He said the Vice President and her supporters hope the administration would listen to and consider their suggestions, as these may help strengthen the country’s policies against COVID-19.