The Philippines is “not winning” the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Sen. Nancy Binay said Wednesday, in contrast to a statement by Malacañang.
On Tuesday, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque had claimed that the country “won” against the University of the Philippines’ projected 40,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of June.
“Parang it’s too early to say that we are winning because if we are winning e di dapat may semblance of normalcy na tayo, lalong-lalo na dito sa Metro Manila,” Binay stated.
“Pero the mere fact that we’re still under general community quarantine, ibig sabihin no’n we are not winning the battle,” she added
[Perhaps it’s too early to say that we are winning because if we are winning, we should have some semblance of normalcy, especially here in Metro Manila. But the mere fact that we’re still under general community quarantine means that we are not winning the battle.)
Malacañang’s statement claiming ‘we have won’ received backlash from several personalities and lawmakers, noting that UP is not the enemy in the situation. They urged the administration to focus on bringing the cases down instead of making such proclamations.