MANILA – Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has on Saturday (04 April 2020) thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for siding with her after she was threatened with assorted charges as she allegedly violated provisions of the “Bayanihan” law crafted by Congress in the country’s fight against the new coronavirus disease.
Speaking through her spokesman and lawyer Ibarra “Barry” Gutierrez 3rd, the Vice President stated on her prepared a statement:
“Nagpapasalamat kami sa pahayag ng Pangulo na hindi kasalanan ang tumulong sa kapwa Pilipino ngayong panahon ng krisis (We thank the President for his pronouncement that helping fellow Filipinos in the time of crisis is not a sin).”
It was via a surprise address to the nation on the health crisis late Friday late night that the Chief Executive stated that there was nothing wrong with Robredo providing free shuttle service and dormitories to healthcare workers as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline doctors and nurses.
Towards the end of his speech, the President also announced that the government official who urged the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the COVID-19 crisis initiative of Robredo as no longer a member of his administration.
Duterte sacked Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna over his suggestion that Robredo should be summoned by the NBI for supposedly “competing with or undermining” national government efforts during the crisis.
“Patuloy ang aming panawagan para sa mga donasyon para sa PPE at iba pang ayuda sa ating mga doktor, nars, at iba pang frontliners (We are still calling for donations of PPE and other assistance to our doctors, nurses and other frontliners),” Gutierrez said.
Aside from transport and other COVID-19 initiatives, Robredo’s office likewise managed to raise P40 million on Tuesday, an amount which will be used to procure around 90,753 sets of personal protective equipment suits and other supplies for the healthcare workers.
In one of her latest posts, the vice president said that this initiative will reach Visayas and Mindanao.
Robredo also called on the private sectors to provide meals and financial assistance for the vulnerable communities most affected by the quarantine.(ia/sovereignph.com)