Panelo blasts Hontiveros for criticizing gov’t’s COVID-19 plan

first_imgHontiveros on Tuesday said thatDuterte’s televised report on late Monday had no concrete plans on how thePhilippines will address COVID-19. She added that the President “should actwith a sense of urgency” following the special powers given to him. “Where was she all this time when thePresident decisively acted on the national grave threat we face by undertakingaggressive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19?” an incensed Panelo said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo fires back at Sen. Risa Hontiveros, asking what she has been doing since the time the Philippines witnessed the rapid rise of coronavirus disease 2019. The Palace spokesperson also lashed out Hontiverosafter she opposed the enactment of Republic Act No. 11469 or the“Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, which gave Duterte additional powersto respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. MANILA – Malacañang had seen enough ofSen. Risa Hontiveros after the latter criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’shandling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. “We urge her to engage in anintelligent and productive discourse and help in the battle against COVID-19and not to contribute to the misinformation widely peddled in the social mediaby the purveyors of confusion and panic designed to put the President in a badlight,” Panelo said./PN “When the proposed bill was beingdebated in the Senate, did she not oppose its passage? What was she thenopposing in the proposed legislation?” Panelo said. “Was she perhaps hard on hearing whenshe was watching the televised message of the President as commented by one ofher colleagues in the Senate? How could she have missed the program articulatedby the Chief Executive?” he added. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said the Palace is “aghast at the insensitivity” of Hontiveros as heasked the opposition senator to pay attention to the updates being given by theadministration on COVID-19.last_img

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