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By Prince Golez

Malacañang accused former senator Antonio Trillanes IV of “sowing intrigue and division” after the latter slammed its spokesman for saying that Vice President Leni Robredo should offer solutions instead of criticizing the government’s coronavirus (Covid-19) response.

“We find it really unfortunate that Mr. Antonio Trillanes IV is sowing intrigue and division during this challenging time of Covid-19,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement Friday.

Roque said that he would be ”more than willing” to forward Robredo’s solutions against Covid-19 to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The Vice President earlier called for a more organized effort by the government in helping people left stranded in Metro Manila due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Let us not make an issue when there is none. 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 IATF,” according to the Palace official.

Roque also asked the staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte “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.”

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