Real friends say hard things.
Senator Imee Marcos said she continues to support President Duterte but is willing to tell him the truth even if it hurts.
Marcos commented about truth-telling as part of genuine friendship a day after she called for the abolition of the government’s pandemic task force over the country’s COVID-19 surge.
The senator took to Facebook to assure the President that she remains an ally of the administration despite her criticisms of the government’s pandemic response.
“Sa ating minamahal na Pangulo, ako ay kaalyado nyong matibay. Kapag mahal ko ang isang tao, kahit masakit, sasabihin ko ang totoo,” she wrote on Facebook.
Marcos has called for the abolition of the task force over its alleged “utak-lockdown” and “confusing” health protocols. She said unless there will be a change in the IATF, there would still be more failure
and COVID-19 infections.
As of March 23, the Philippines has tallied 677,653 total cases of coronavirus, including 86,200 active cases.
Malacañang has rejected Marcos’ suggestion to dismantle the IATF, saying the group is represented by the best minds and talents of the government. The task force is chaired by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and co-chaired by Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.