LIAR is what presidential spokesperson Harry Roque is, says his counterpart at the Office of the Vice President.
In a statement, Barry Gutierrez, in his capacity as spokesperson of Vice President Leni Robredo, called out Roque for lying about a proposed COVID-19 vaccine infomercial.
Gutierrez particularly hinted at what he aptly described as a false claim of the presidential spokesperson dragging Robredo as the one who actually wanted to do a vaccine ad with President Rodrigo Duterte after seeing rising public approval on the government’s vaccine rollout.
“Based on this statement from last night’s Cabinet briefing, it is sadly clear that this administration will always put politics first, and will even lie to push its own agenda,” Gutierrez said.
The “vaccine infomercial” featuring the top elected officials in the country is a proposal of Senator Joel Villanueva, citing that a third of Filipinos are hesitant to get vaccinated based on recent surveys.
Gutierrez added that what the Vice President did was to support the call but never called for it.
“The Vice President simply expressed her willingness to do so to improve people’s vaccine confidence, which remains alarmingly low,” Gutierrez added.
“The Vice President’s position remains the same. She has been working non-stop to help Filipinos overcome the various difficulties brought by COVID-19, and will always be ready to do more to serve our people,” he further averred, in reference to help that Robredo’s office has been extending to frontliners and local government units in COVID-19 response. Among those help, he added, include the provision of personal protective equipment, meals, free swab tests, among others.
Robredo has received her first dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, one of the brands issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Likewise, the President also got his first dose of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, even though this brand has not been issued an EUA by the FDA.