MANILA – Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has urged Malacañang to appoint Vice President Leni Robredo as head of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) if the government wants to successfully win its fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Trillanes said that if Malacañang really wants to flatten the curve, then they should appoint Robredo as the IATF chairman. He believes Robredo can do more and ensure a better campaign against Covid-19.
The former senator was reacting to presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s criticism on the vice president who called out the palace for their efforts on bringing home stranded people in Manila to their provinces during the government imposed lockdowns.
Trillanes added that Duterte fails to address the problems and has devastated the economy with a concrete plan of action on how to handle this health crisis.
During the Luzon-wide quarantine period, Robredo’s office also initiated a bus transport and accommodation services for front liners without means to get to their workplaces during the mass transportation shutdown. Her office was also able to raise funds to purchase Personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III currently heads the task force with Cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles as his co-chairperson.
As of June 18, DOH reported a total of 27,799 COVID-19 infections in the country with 1,116 deaths and 7,090 recoveries.
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