On June 13, Vice President Leni Robredo said in a radio program that Davao City can learn from Cebu City’s COVID-19 management. On June 14, Mayor Sara Duterte said in a statement that “the Vice President should refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing about what is happening on the ground.”
“This has been the hallmark of her term as VP, where she puts forth comments on matters and affairs she lacks understanding and knowledge on and does not offer anything helpful to solve a problem,” Mayor Sara added. “The private sector has been very helpful and has tremendously contributed to the Covid-19 response in Davao City.”
“She should open her eyes to the surge of cases in localities all around the world and she might be able to say that a surge in cases where 85% of the cases are asymptomatic is primarily identified by aggressive testing, coupled with tracing and isolation/quarantining,” she added. “The VP should avoid involving the Covid-19 surge in Davao City in her attempt at politicking. There will be a proper time to attack my performance as an LCE in this pandemic if she dares to run for President.”
Vice President Robredo said, during the radio program, “kung titingnan mo ngayon na nagsaspike na, sa Cebu parang controlled, ‘di ba? Parang controlled and maraming ginawa ang partnership doon, hindi lang talaga LGU pero very active doon ‘yung medical community.”
“So tingin ko ‘yung mga lessons sa Cebu, ganoon din. Makakapulot ng aral ‘yung Davao. Kasi medyo iba ‘yung characteristic noong lugar kumpara sa Metro Manila,” the Vice President added.