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Vice President Leni Robredo has defended her daughter Tricia after she blamed the administration in a tweet for the return of measles, dengue and polio within a year.

In her radio show “Biserbisyong Leni” Sunday (September 22), Robredo said the issue of vaccine-preventable diseases is close to Tricia’s heart since she is studying medicine.

“Sa isyu sigurong ito, hindi niya napigil iyong sarili niya kasi sino ba naman iyong hindi mahahabag di ba? Iyong measles bumalik, iyong dengue nag-spike, iyong polio after 19 years bumalik— na lahat naman ito preventable by vaccination di ba?” she said.

In a tweet posted September 19, Tricia blamed fear and fake news for the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.

“Measles, dengue and polio all in one year.
When you run a nation with fear and fake news, and use health for your personal political wars. Sinong talo? ‘Yung mga pinangakuan ninyo ng pagbabago,” she said.

The Vice President said no less than Health Secretary Francisco Duque III blamed fear of vaccination for the resurgence of polio after 19 years.

“Kaya sino naman iyong hindi talaga ma… ano nga… mahahabag, maiinis, na dahil ginawang political issue yung health, iyong mga kabataan natin iyong kailangang sumalo ng problema ng matatanda,” she said.

Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta has been perceived as a factor for parents’ fear of vaccination since she blamed the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia for the deaths of several children despite lack of scientific evidence.

Robredo said she is hopeful that the government will step up its vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

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