“Alam naman nating it (IATF) is composed of people and secretaries under the President so mahirap naman po mangyari yung nakaraang yung sa (anti-) drug (committee), yung inappoint po siya, kung di sila magkasundo. Sayang naman yung kanilang panahon,” Senator Bong Go said over DWIZ, as quoted by Inquirer.net, on June 20 when asked about former Senator Antonio Trillanes’ statement saying if “Malacanang really wants to flatten the curve, then it should appoint Vice President Robredo to be the IATF chair.”
“Mahirap namang i-mix mo kung iba ang kanilang direksyon. Hindi makakatulong sa Pilipino,” Senator Go added. “Mas makakatulong si VP Leni sa kanyang kasulukuyang ginagawa rather than mamuno sa IATF kasi alam naman nating it is composed of the President’s men and women sa kanyang executive department po.”
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque, on June 19, also made a statement regarding former Senator Trillanes statement. “Let us not make an issue when there is none,” Secretary Roque 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.
Vice President Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said “VP Leni’s work to help our fellow Filipinos — to overcome poverty, combat the scourge of illegal drugs, or meet the challenges of COVID-19 — has never depended on holding any formal position in addition to the office she was elected to.”