- Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque advised Vice President Leni Robredo to offer solutions rather than criticize the government
- VP Robredo earlier lamented the alleged lack of coordination in the government’s efforts to return stranded individuals to their homes
- Roque defended the government and said there are strict protocols in place to ensure the safety of the public against COVID-19
Malacañang shared its hope that Vice President Leni Robredo should offer solutions to the government’s efforts against COVID-19.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque expressed how he’s hoping Robredo would look at solutions rather than just criticizing the efforts of the government. This came after Robredo made a statement on the government’s lack of coordination on the movement of stranded individuals to their hometowns.
Roque said on ANC, “I just wish the Vice President could actually offer solutions.”
Robredo had earlier criticized the alleged poorly coordinated efforts in bringing home individuals stranded in Metro Manila amid the community quarantine. She has called on the government to organize its efforts to swiftly bring stranded individuals back home.
“Our only request is that the right information for those who are stranded will be organized,” Robredo earlier said on her radio show.
Roque defended the government’s efforts; saying individuals need to undergo COVID-19 testing before being allowed aboard a plane or bus. Local government units also have tests for individuals trying to enter their areas.
“The problem really is the nature of the disease. If you are tested now, you could test negative, in a few days later, you could test positive. So what we are doing now is in addition to the testing being done in Metro Manila, which is PCR before being sent to the provinces, we have developed also the capability of the local government units outside of Manila to conduct their own PCR test, and that is why the local government upon receiving them, subject them to another test,” he said.