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Opposition dared: Donate your salaries to increase ‘ayuda’



Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo on Sunday dared Vice President Leni Robredo and other opposition senators to walk the talk and donate their salaries to augment the financial aid the government is giving to people affected by the two-week enhanced community quarantine.

Panelo was reacting to statements raised by Robredo, former Vice President Jejomar Binay and other members of the Senate that the P1,000 “ayuda” to families of Metro Manila and provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal, are not enough to cover their needs during the two-week lockdown.

“To the opposition, if possible, stop criticizing the government for a while, VP Leni, Jejomar Binay, we have a P22.9 million budget for 22.9 million Filipinos,” he said during his daily online program “Counterpoint”.

“I will pose a challenge to the three of you and those who are complaining. Instead of complaining about how small the cash aid is, let us dare each other. Give your one-month salaries, I will donate mine,” Panelo said.

Panelo did not also mince words criticizing Senator Imee Marcos, adding that he was very disappointed with the latter when she claimed that the cash aid was too small.

“You, too, Imee Marcos, I’m really disappointed with you, I did not expect you can say something like that. Senators Joel and Lacson too, donate your salaries to increase the amount of cash assistance,” he added.

Earlier Robredo, Lacson, Hontiveros said the P1,000 aid is not enough to cover the needs of families affected by the two-week lockdown.

“The P1,000 is only equivalent to some days of work. So, this is our problem with the ECQ extension,” she earlier claimed.

Marcos twitted that “even a great Ilocano will be having a hard time budgeting the P1,000 aid.”