Palace acknowledges VP Leni’s contributions, no need to be appointed IATF chair – Roque

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“Let us not make an issue when there is none,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said June 19 in a statement.

This is after former Senator Antonio Trillanes said “if Malacanang really wants to flatten the curve, then it should appoint Vice President Robredo to be the IATF chair.” 

“Bulag ba o nagbubulag-bulagan itong si Roque sa mga nagawa at kasalukuyang ginagawang pagtulong ng Bise Presidente sa ating mga kababayan sa harap ng pandemyang ito?” Trillanes said.

Roque said that “my remarks that Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo could have offered solutions is simply a response to a specific question by media, and we reiterate this to the Vice President: If she could offer solutions on how to address those who earlier tested negative for COVID-19 in Metro Manila but tested positive once they reached their respective provinces, I would be more than willing to submit her proposed solutions to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).”

However, Roque said “this does not diminish the fact that we acknowledge the contributions of the Vice President in the fight against COVID-19. She is helping in her own ways and if her intentions are genuine, there is no need for her to be appointed or designated in the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), as suggested by the former Senator.”

“We call on Mr. Trillanes not to twist my statement for the sake of political relevance and just do his share to alleviate the plight of our people amid this pandemic. It is only through our solidarity and cooperation can we heal and recover as one,” Roque said.