Priotize COVID-19 response, Pangilinan urges DILG

Published June 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Mario B. Casayuran

Opposition Senator Francis ‘’Kiko’’ N. Pangilinan on Thursday criticized the administration for putting in the back burner its supposed attention on containing the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis by prioritizing on other issues that are not considered urgent.

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan
(Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Pangilinan, president of the Liberal Party (LP), said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano are trying to get the support of local government units (LGUs) for the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill (ATB).

The ATB awaits approval or veto by the President.

‘’Kung kailan abala ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa pagtulong sa kanilang mga kababayan, nagawa pa ng DILG isingit ang usapin ng anti-terror bill. Suporta nga ba, o “loyalty check” para sa mga kaalyado ng administrasyon?’’ he asked. (When these LGUs are busy addressing the COVID-29 crisis, the DILG inserted the ATB in the political landscape. Is this a call for support or a ‘loyalty check’ from administration allies?’’)

‘’“Sa panahon ng pandemya, kung ano-ano ang inuuna. Ganyan ba ang palakad ng gobyernong nagseserbisyo sa masa?’’ he said. (Government is turning its attention on issues not urgent compared to the COVID-19. Is this the objective of the government that is supposed to take care of its people?)

Pangilinan said the administration should undertake a serious and massive contact tracing, and help locally stranded individuals (LSIs).

Some of the LSIs stay and sleep under bridges for days while waiting for available planes or buses that would take them to their provinces.

 
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