‘Don’t be too sensitive,’ Robredo reminds Palace to be open with constructive criticism

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday, January 6, 2019, delivered her Ulat sa Bayan, detailing her findings and recommendation on the administration’s anti-drug drive after she briefly served as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). Photo by OVP

“Kapag masyado tayong sensitive sa puna, kawawa naman yung taong bayan. Ang panahon ngayon, hindi pwedeng patuloy na nagkakamali,”

[If we are too sensitive about criticisms, it is the people who will suffer. Nowadays, we can’t afford to commit lapses.]

Vice President Leni Robredo advised the palace to be more open to criticisms in their response to the COVID-19 crisis. This remark was made after the Palace accused her of pointing fingers and nitpicking.

“Sana makinig naman. Sana wag masyadong maging balat-sibuyas. Yung datos ‘di galing sa akin, yung datos galing sa grupo, galing sa eksperto na mag-analisa ng datos,” she added.

[Please listen. Please don’t be onion-skinned. The data did not come from me, the data came from groups, experts who analyze information.]

Robredo responded to the comment of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday, who claimed that the VP was only “looking at the glass half-empty, and focusing on the shortcomings just to score political brownie points at the expense of the administration.”

Robredo acknowledged that she was “really looking at a glass half-empty” but pointed out that the Office of the Vice President has been “trying to fill it up, because at a time of crisis, we cannot afford not to fill up the glass.”

The vice president earlier said that the administration is in a ‘state of denial’ about its apparent lapses in handling the health crisis currently grappling the country.

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