Isang grupo nanawagan kay Pangulong Duterte na i-appoint si Robredo para sa covid-19

Kamakailan lang ay kinumpirma ng Department of Health ang balitang nakapasok na sa bansa ang COVID-19 na nagmula sa Wuhan,China.

Umabot na sa halos 20 katao ang kumpirmadong pasyente na may coronavirus.

Dahil dito ito maiwasan na mag-alala ang mga netizen lalo na sa kanilang mahal sa buhay dahil posibleng mahawaan sila ng naturang virus.

Nitong nagdaang araw ay naglabas ng pahayag si Pangulong Duterte sa sambayanang pilipino tungkol sa kumakalat na virus sa bansa.

Kaya naman hindi mapigilan ng isang grupo na manawagan kay Pangulong Duterte, na kung saan hinihikayat nila ang Pangulo na ipasa kay Vice President Leni Robredo ang kapangyarihan na pang0nahan ang problemang ito.

Ayon sa facebook post ng Samasa Kontra Mandarambong binatikos nila ang ginawang press conference ng Pangulo nitong lunes dahil hindi umano ito nagbigay ng solusyon kung papano lutasin ang problema.

“The President finally showed up at a late night press conference when the nation needed to be assured that the government was on top of the Covid infection. With the rise of positive cases from 10 to 24 in a matter of hours, he only reiterated the DOH admission that we lacked test kits and that he was suspending classes in NCR until March 14. Even the lowest level official could have done this. He offered no solution to the problems: nothing was said on how to address the shortage of test kits, the water rationing that prevents people from proper handwashing (other than to say he will force the China-funded Kaliwa Dam on us which will take 2 more years), and the possible hit on our economy (other than promising to spend all money on rice for the poor). He did not answer the problems a leader should address.” pahayag ng grupo.

“All we saw was an incapacitated President who, instead of providing leadership at this critical time, could not make clear, coherent decisions. He could not even think straight.” dagdag pa nila.

“That press con was nothing but whim of a child who had just woken up at 10pm. Must have been snippets from his long dream. For how does one jump from talking about COVID to tilapias, to VFA, to his “respect” for Trump, and even endorsing Trump for next US elections?”

Basahin ang buong pahayag ng grupo sa ibaba:

What a disaster.

The President finally showed up at a late night press conference when the nation needed to be assured that the government was on top of the Covid infection. With the rise of positive cases from 10 to 24 in a matter of hours, he only reiterated the DOH admission that we lacked test kits and that he was suspending classes in NCR until March 14. Even the lowest level official could have done this. He offered no solution to the problems: nothing was said on how to address the shortage of test kits, the water rationing that prevents people from proper handwashing (other than to say he will force the China-funded Kaliwa Dam on us which will take 2 more years), and the possible hit on our economy (other than promising to spend all money on rice for the poor). He did not answer the problems a leader should address.

All we saw was an incapacitated President who, instead of providing leadership at this critical time, could not make clear, coherent decisions. He could not even think straight.

The presscon quickly degenerated to a devoted defense of China forgetting that he was belatedly forced to enact a China travel ban after the d3ath of one patient. His favorite POGOs took center stage in the press conference, defending them and insisting we needed the money from them, conveniently forgetting his own administration’s admission that POGOs have refused to pay taxes. He had earlier announced that his government needed to borrow US$200 million to fund the fight against the epidemic, and now, without citing figures or sources, says we have the money. Finding no concrete plans to present, he instead categorically admitted “we cannot prevent it”, “mahina contact tracing, mahirapan”.

The truth is, Duterte believes, in his own words during the press con, that the Philippines is a “f*ck1ng country”. That “historic cleansing” is necessary, making reference to the bubonic plague and Spanish flu that k1lled millions. Such careless statement only proves that he is willing to watch the country flounder and its people d1e off. “Hindi natin alam kung kailan tayo mamatay.” How unpresidential.

That press con was nothing but whim of a child who had just woken up at 10pm. Must have been snippets from his long dream. For how does one jump from talking about COVID to tilapias, to VFA, to his “respect” for Trump, and even endorsing Trump for next US elections? He even brought up his personal grudge against US Senators who accused him of extrjud1cial k1ll1ngs.

So how do we solve the Covid problem again? He did not say.

We have an incapacitated President who cannot lead and is incapable of leading! This is not the leader we need at this time of cr1sis! He can proudly say he is willing to go and d1e, but must the rest of us follow him to his the grave? NO.

If the President cannot lead, then he should delegate it to the one who can. If he is not capable, then he should give it to the one who can. We need a sober, hard working, capable leader at the helm of this fight to save countless lives.

In his entire administration, there is only one official who has what it takes to get the job done. She has done more than what her measly budget allowed. She has shown she is sober yet relentless, hardworking, and capable of making rapid but thoroughly stud1ed assessments of the problem and more importantly providing a clear solution. Her anælysis of the failed drg wr was spot on despite the fact she held the job merely for 19 days.

As Vice-President, Leni Robredo has the duty to lead when the President cannot.

We should all demand that he appoint Vice-President Leni Robredo to do this fight. He owes it to all of us, especially the 16 million who trusted and voted for him. The virus does not after all discriminate.

If the President is not capable, give the power to the Vice-President. If the President cannot lead, let the Vice-President lead.