Sara Duterte slams Robredo over Davao City COVID-19 surge comment

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FILE PHOTO: Davao City Mayor and the president's daughter Sara Duterte delivers a speech during a senatorial campaign caravan for Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Davao City on May 9, 2019. (Source: REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr.)
FILE PHOTO: Davao City Mayor and the president's daughter Sara Duterte delivers a speech during a senatorial campaign caravan for Hugpong Ng Pagbabago (HNP) in Davao City on May 9, 2019. (Source: REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr.)

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has accused Vice President Leni Robredo of "politicking" and “attacking” her leadership after the latter made comments about the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Davao.

Taking the comment as an “attack” against her leadership, Duterte-Carpio accused Robredo of “politicking.” 

“The VP should avoid involving the COVID-19 surge in Davao City in her attempt at politicking. There will be a proper time to attack my performance as an LCE in this pandemic if she dares to run for president,” she said.

Duterte-Carpio’s reaction stemmed from Robredo’s radio interview where the vice president urged the Davao City local government unit (LGU) to consider Cebu City as a successful model of a locality that has curbed the spread of infections.

Kung titingnan mo ngayon na nagsaspike na, sa Cebu parang controlled, ‘di ba? Parang controlled and marami ang ginawa – ang partnership doon hindi lang talaga LGU pero very active doon ang medical community,” Robredo said.

(Translation: If you look at the spike in Cebu, it looks like it’s controlled, right? It looks like it is controlled and there are a lot of things they did – the partnership there is not just with the LGU but the medical community there is also very active.)

In response, Duterte-Carpio pointed out the private sector in Davao City has played a role in Cebu City’s pandemic response. Robredo should not criticize Davao City's health-care professionals, the mayor said, because they have been "silently suffering and working persistently to help save lives since March of last year."

Advising the vice president to stop commenting when “she knows nothing about what is happening on the ground,” Duterte-Carpio further said that, “This has been the hallmark of her term as VP, where she puts forth comments on matters and affairs she lacks understanding and knowledge on and does not offer anything helpful to solve a problem.”

Despite meeting with several prospective 2022 candidates, the Davao City mayor has yet to make an official announcement about her intentions to run for higher office in the upcoming elections. Her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, has repeatedly said that he does not want her to run for president.

Meanwhile, Robredo is one of the six possible nominees for the top two positions named by the opposition coalition 1Sambayan last June 12.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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