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Imbento lang: Pangilinan accuses Duterte of fabricating oligarchy issue to cover up dismal COVID response

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

MANILA – Opposition Senator Francis Pangilinan has scored President Duterte for using the issue of oligarchs to cover-up the government’s “dismal response” in battling the global coronavirus pandemic.

The President, in a speech in Sulu Monday, claimed that his government was able to dismantle the country’s oligarchy without declaring martial law. The chief executive’s statement came just days after Congress junked the franchise renewal bid of embattled broadcast giant ABS-CBN.

According to Pangilinan, the “COVID-19 pandemic, hunger, and loss of jobs are the urgent problems that confront millions of Filipinos now, and not the so-called oligarchs.”

“COVID, gutom at kawalan ng trabaho ng milyun-milyon nating mga kababayan ang problema hindi itong mga oligarchs, kuno,” said Pangilinan, president of the opposition Liberal Party (LP).

Pangilinan stressed that the oligarch problem is a “fabricated” issue being used by Mr. Duterte “to cover up the government’s dismal response in battling the COVID-19 pandemic and its ill effects, causing sufferings among millions of Filipinos.”

“Gawa-gawa lang yang problema ng mga oligarchs. Walang kinalaman ang pagsasara ng ABS-CBN sa matinding problema dulot ng COVID. Inimbento lang ang problema na oligarchs para linlangin ang taumbayan dahil sa totoo lang, wala silang maipakitang ni katiting na magandang resulta sa pagsugpo sa lalo pang kumakalat na COVID, sa gutom at sa kawalan ng trabaho ng milyun-milyon nating mga kababayan,” he said.

Pangilinan noted that as of July 13, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country was pegged at 57,006, second only to Indonesia in the highest number of COVID-19 cases in ASEAN.

A total of 1,599 deaths and 20,371 recoveries have so far been reported in the Philippines.

“Saan tayo maniniwala? Sa gawa-gawa lang o doon sa totoo lang?” Pangilinan added.

The total of coronavirus infections has more than tripled since June 1 when the government began easing stringent lockdown restrictions to restart the economy.

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