Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV challenged Malacañang to appoint Vice President Leni Robredo as the chairperson of the government’s COVID-19 task force.
This remark came after the comments of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque about the vice president.
Roque was quoted in a television interview saying Robredo should offer solutions instead of ‘criticizing’ how the government is responding.
“Kung si Vice President Leni ang mamumuno at magpapatakbo ng IATF, mas marami itong magagawa at siguradong mas maganda ang kampanya natin laban sa COVID-19,” he said.
[If Vice President Leni leads the IATF, she can do more and our COVID-19 response will be more effective.]
The IATF is led by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, who is currently being investigated by the Ombudsman for alleged irregularities and anomalies in his department’s COVID-19 response.
Roque turned down Trillanes’ challenge, claiming the former lawmaker twisted his words.
“She is helping in her own ways and if her intentions are genuine, there is no need for her to be appointed or designated in the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF),” he said in a statement.