- PRRD fires PACC commissioner who called for a probe of Leni Robredo’s efforts to combat Covid-19 pandemic.
- Robredo’s camp thanks Duterte for acknowledging VP’s efforts in COVID-19 response
Actress and comedienne Pokwang applauded President Rodrigo Duterte for recognizing Vice President Leni Robredo’s efforts to help people affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a public address late Friday night, Duterte said Robredo did nothing wrong when she asked for donations to help health workers.
He also slammed the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission’s (PACC) move to probe Robredo for “competing with the national government’s efforts against the pandemic”.
“May tao ako na abogado sa (There is this lawyer in the) PACC, Commissioner Manuelito Luna, gusto niya na ipa-imbestiga si Leni kung bakit nag-solicit. Anak ng— (He wants Robredo investigated for solicitations. Son of a—),” Duterte said.
“Kaya nung narinig ko sinabi ko (That’s why when I heard it, I said), ‘Fire him.’ As of this moment, he is no longer connected with the government,” he added.
Pokwang shared on Instagram a quote from Duterte’s speech where he questioned the PACC’s proposed investigation.
“May panahon na criticize ko si Leni. Pero itong panahong ito, wala naman kasalanan ‘yong Vice President, nag ano nga magtulong. Bakit mo paimbestiga?”
(There are times when I have criticized Leni. But this time, the Vice President has no fault, she is even helping. Why will you have her investigated?)
This caught many by surprise as the president has consistently put down and belittled VP Robredo on several public occasions.
Celebrities like Lauren Young reacted to the news on social media.
— Lauren Young (@loyoung) April 3, 2020
Kapuso Comedian Sef Cadayona humorously reacted on this very rare commentary of President Duterte.
Yiiieeee friendship na ulit sila ni VP ayieee
— sef cadayona (@sefcadayona) April 3, 2020
Dead Kids’ Vance Larena, Jerome Vargas, Film Director Kim Oebanda and other netizens reactedas well.
Whoa well played https://t.co/7R6XJVhmB5
— Vance Larena (@vance_larena) April 3, 2020
DDS ARE CONFUSED https://t.co/Zn3AhP9AbX
— Editors of Manila 天安门广场 🇨🇳 (@edsMNL) April 3, 2020
First time ata to.
President Duterte praises VP Leni Robredo for her efforts amid the Covid19 pandemic.
He also announced that he already fired PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna for asking NBI to investigate the Vice President.
— Mykiru Isyusero (@mykiru) April 3, 2020
HIMALAAAAA, kasalanan bang humingi ako sa langit ng isang himala https://t.co/8eqxZ0tVnO
— Majasty Slayvador 🛡️ (@majasuperstar) April 3, 2020
Unity at the time of Covid 19 pic.twitter.com/mIpIhp84LN
— Harry Roque (@attyharryroque) April 5, 2020
DDS troll queens after Duterte recognized and lauded VP Leni: pic.twitter.com/7Qs4LKYGsw
— Tito Maroon #SaveSanRoque (@maroontito) April 3, 2020
For her part, Pokwang is doing the best she can to extend assistance to our fellow kababayans affected in this pandemic.