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By Prince Golez

Malacañang rejected on Thursday the statement of Vice President Leni Robredo that the country appears to have “no leader” during the coronavirus crisis.

“I beg to disagree, seriously disagree with Vice President,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during his virtual presser.

“Tignan po natin ang napakababang mortality rate. Tignan po natin yung mga karagdagang capacity na binuo natin para mabigyan ng kinaukulang atensyon yung magkakasakit. Nakikita naman po natin na karamihan sa nagkakasakit ay asymptomatic o di naman kaya ay mild so ang pinaghahandaan natin yung magkakasakit ng severe at kritikal,” he explained.

Also, Roque reiterated the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to put aside partisan differences amid the crisis.

“Ang President hindi naman pinupulaan si VP Leni. Kinikilala niya yung mga tulong na ginawa ni VP Leni. Ang pakiusap lang ng Presidente magkaisa po sa panahon ng pandemiya, isantabi muna ang politika. Matagal-tagal pa po yan. Marami pa ang mangayayri mula ngayon hanggang 2022. Tulungan muna natin ang ating taumbayan,” he said.

On Robredo’s suggestion to give the country’s 10 million poorest families a monthly budget of P5,000 for four months, Roque said the government no longer has the budget for such.

“Hindi sapat dahil alam naman ninyo po, in public finance, hindi ka puwedeng gumastos ng wala kang source of the possible expenditure,” according to him.

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