Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp responded to the Palace’s quip about setting aside politics and helping the administration during these critical times.
Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez reacted to Roque’s remark by posting on Twitter the recent events that transpired during the public health crisis to show that politics has not been set aside.
“Pagsampa ng kaso ng cyberlibel sa mga kritiko. Pagpasa ng anti-terror law. Pagsara ng ABS-CBN. Sino na nga ulit ang hindi maisantabi ang pulitika sa harap ng krisis ng COVID-19?,” he said.
]Filing cyberlibel against critics. Passing the anti-terror law. Closing down ABS-CBN? Who is it now that can’t set aside politics in the face of COVID-19 crisis?]
Gutierrez, who is also a legal adviser to Robredo, questioned Roque on the reality of what the administration has been prioritizing despite the surge of cases the past few weeks.
Roque once again accused the opposition of politicking after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon criticized the country’s COVID-19 inter-agency task force for its failure to contain the spread of the infectious disease
“The IATF should take a second look at what they’ve done. They should review their performance and find out how they can be more effective. What did Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam do that we failed to do?” Drilon said of the IATF.
Many critics have questioned government’s priorities like the passage of the anti-terror law, ABS-CBN shutdown, and Charter change in the middle of the pandemic.