Stop politicking, Palace tells Leni, who had a lower performance rating than Duterte

Published October 5, 2020, 4:08 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Better stop politicking during the coronavirus pandemic.

This was the suggestion given by Malacañang to Vice President Leni Robredo so she could supposedly earn a higher public trust and approval rating in the next survey period.

Vice President Leni Robredo and Presidential spokesman Harry Roque

In a latest results of the Pulse Asia survey, Robredo received a 57 percent performance approval rating and 50 percent trust rating, compared to President Duterte’s 91 percent.

“Naku Madam VP, mukhang tama ang aking sinabi. Ayaw yata ng Pilipino na namumulitika sa panahon ng pandemiya. Subukan po natin itigil ang pulitika baka po tumaas na mas mataas ang 50 percent ang trust rating at mas mataas pa sa 57 percent ang performance rating (Madam VP, it seems what I said is right. Filipinos apparently don’t like politicking during the pandemic. Let’s try to stop politicking and maybe your trust rating will rise higher than 50 percent, and your performance rating will be more than 57 percent),” Roque said during a televised press briefing in Boracay.

Roque stressed that it is time for unity and cooperation, not for politicking, as the country deals with impact of the pandemic.

While taking a swipe at Robredo’s low rating, Roque welcomed the President’s high public trust and approval ratings and extended gratitude to the nation. He said the nation has seen the President has exerted efforts to protect public health, contain the spread of the coronavirus, as well as provide assistance to affected families, workers, and industries.

He assured the nation that the President remains committed to facilitate the country’s recovery from the pandemic that has left more than 322,000 people infected in the country.

“Maraming, maraming salamat po sa taumbayang Pilipino na ang trust at ang performance rating po ng ating Presidente ay napakataas at 91 percent. Pangako po talaga ng Presidente, gagawin niya ang lahat para makabangon po tayo sa pandemyang ito at isasantabi po talaga niya ang pulitika (Thank you very much to the Filipino nation for the very high trust and performance rating of the President at 91 percent. The President has promised to do everything for us to recover from the pandemic and will really set aside politics),” he said.

“Nakikita naman nila na ginagawa ng Presidente ang lahat ng pupuwedeng gawin para mas kakaunting mga Pilipino magkakasakit ng COVID-19. Ginagawa niya ang lahat para iahon sa kahirapan ang ating mga kababayan (They see the President doing everything he can to curb the COVID-19 infection among Filipinos. He is also doing everything to uplift our people from poverty),” he added.

He noted that for the first time in the nation’s history, the President has provided more than P200 billion in cash subsidies to families and workers affected by the coronavirus lockdown.

“At siyempre patuloy pa rin po ang pagbibigay natin ng tulong sa ating mga sa pamamagitan ng iba-ibang programa, pamimigay ng ayuda at ng tulong galing po sa DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) sa DoLE (Department of Labor and Employment) at pati po sa Department of Finance (And of course, he will continue to provide aid through various programs such as distribution of aid by the DSWD, DoLE, and the Department of Finance),” he said.

According to Roque, Duterte also hopes that other politicians will also set aside politicking since the 2022 elections are still far away and instead work for the common good.

“Lahat po ng Pilipino supporter niya, kalaban niya iaahon po niya hangga’t maaari sa kahirapan na dinulot ng pandemya. Ang panawagan po uli ng Presidente sa lahat ng pulitiko isantabi muna natin iyan, 2022 pa po iyan, tulungan natin ang ating kababayan (He intends to uplift the lives of all Filipinos, his supporters, his enemies from the hardship brought by the pandemic. The President’s appeal is for all politicians to set politicking aside. That’s for 2022. Let’s help our fellowmen instead),” he said.