Government critics are using the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic to score political points especially as the country gears towards the general election next year, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.
“That’s what you would call the classic case of if you want to appear white, you paint the other guy black so you will look white,” President Duterte said during his weekly public address on the government’s response on the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s like that for Mr. Clean, his style stinks,” he added in Filipino.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, who virtually joined the meeting with the President, said administration critics have intensified their attacks as the country moves towards the election next year by using the pandemic as an issue.
Roque said if those detractors still have conscience, they should just help the administration find a solution to the country’s present predicament instead of using the pandemic for their selfish political gains.
Responding to government critics, President Duterte said the money intended for vaccine procurement is still with the lending banks and not with the government.
The government would only make the payment once the vaccine manufacturers delivered the jabs, he said.
“The money is in the hands of the bank and they collect from the bank,” Roque said.The government has allocated P82.5-billion total financing for vaccine procurement, logistics and other supplies including waste disposal, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said. SOVEREIGNPH