(SPOT.ph) The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have our government officials pulling their hair out in frustration while trying to solve the crisis. There are local-government units that have raised billions to provide for their public-school students and teachers, others have facilitated their own mass testing measures, and there's one that just got gazillions of loan programs. In the middle of it all, Harry Roque, presidential spokesperson, said in an ANC interview on June 17: "I just wish the Vice President could actually offer solutions 'no. But, no." This was after Leni Robredo commented “Ilan pa ba iyong magiging ganito kapag hindi maayos iyong sistema?” when a single mother was found unconscious on a footbridge while waiting for a ride back to her province.
Users on Twitter, of course, weren't lacking for examples of these "solutions":
Journalist and lawyer Samira Gutoc, who ran for senator in 2019, also had a gentle reminder for the presidential spokesperson and one-time TikTok sensation.
In a statement on June 19, former senator Antonio Trillanes dared the Palace to appoint Robredo as head of the country's COVID-19 task force. "Kung si Vice President Leni ang mamumuno at magpapatakbo ng IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases], mas marami itong magagawa at siguradong mas maganda ang kampanya natin laban sa COVID-19," he said.
The Office of the Vice President recently launched Bayanihan Para sa Distance Learning, which seeks donations of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers to aid students and teachers for the new school year's upcoming online classes. She also facilitated meal distribution, shuttle services for locally stranded invididuals, PPE procurement, the setting up of community markets, and the turnover of temporary shelters of frontliners through the help of her office's Angat Buhay partners.