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Andanar scores `politicking’ over admin’s pandemic response



The administration’s communications chief on Thursday scored critics’ comments regarding the government’s coronavirus disease pandemic response and insisted such remarks only diminishes the hard work and sacrifice of medical front liners and people in government working non-stop amid the crisis.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, in a statement, voiced out that the “unnecessary form” of politicking and electioneering must be set aside at this time that the country is reeling from the effects of the public health emergency.


“To say that the Duterte administration’s response is on ‘autopilot’ is to belittle the expertise of those in the recommendatory and implementary bodies who have put in hard work and dedication to address the health issue since day one. These are people, experts on their field, who base their decision on data and information. Those critics skewed use of words such as ‘ningas cogon’ and ‘one horrific year’, while all highly quotable, reflect a faulty understanding or bailiwick-driven politics,” expressed Andanar.

“With the continued challenge of the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Duterte administration is ceaseless in intensifying targeted testing and vaccine inoculation, where we are one of the leading countries in the ASEAN region,” he added.

The official then went on to insist that the Duterte administration “has worked non-stop at increasing our treatment and management facilities, allocating more personal protective equipment for our frontliners, and building and repurposing facilities to accommodate patients” and in turn arrest the rise of virus infections in the country.

Andanar also assured that the Palace remains open and receptive to discussions of “specific and actionable” suggestions to address the pandemic.

“We welcome these, rather than the recycled and counterproductive criticisms that do not benefit anyone else, other than individuals with planned political endeavors,” he stated,

“We remind everyone to continue to observe  the minimum health protocols of wearing of face mask and shield, safe physical distancing, and proper hygiene, among others, and ensure that we all do our part in minimizing the surge of the virus,” he concluded.