Talagang tinitingnan ko iyong baso na half-empty at sinusubukan namin punuin – VP Leni

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“Totoo na talagang tinitingnan ko iyong baso na half-empty, at iyong opisina namin sinusubukan na punuin iyon. Kasi sa panahon ng krisis hindi natin maa-afford na hindi natin punuin iyong ating mga baso,” Vice President Leni Robredo said during her weekly radio program on June 28.

This is after Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said “We find the action of the Vice President, which is looking at the glass half-empty – focusing on the shortcomings just to score political brownie points at the expense of the Administration – totally unwarranted.”

“We find it unfortunate that Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo, notwithstanding President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s call to stop finger-pointing, has once again engaged in nitpicking to criticize the government’s COVID-19 response,” Roque said.

Vice President Robredo said “panahon ito ng krisis. Hindi ito ordinaryong panahon eh – wala tayong espasyo sa pagkakamali. Kasi bawat pagkakamali ay buhay ang nakataya – hindi lang buhay ng nagkaka-COVID, pero buhay ng bawat frontliner, buhay ng bawat pamilyang nagugutom.”

“Hindi ito panahon para magkampante tayo. Hindi ito panahon para iyong pagkakamali natin paulit-ulit natin na ginagawa,” she added. “Kaya ang hinihiling ko nga, sa administrasyon, na i-assess, i-assess kung saan tayo nagkakamali. Kasi marami naman tayong ginagawa, in fact iyong ating mga civil servants ay pagod na pagod na, iyong ating frontliners ay pagod na pagod na.”