The enemy is COVID, not the gov't -- solon

A House leader expressed disappointment with some sectors who are maligning or attacking the government over the pandemic.

Chairman of the powerful House committee on appropriations and ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Go Yap reminded the people that the real enemy is the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the government needs support while fulfilling its task to contain the spread of the virus.

“Taking advantage of the COVID debacle to advance political interest should not be tolerated. COVID is the enemy, not the government,” he said in a statement.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte placed Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Bulacan under modified enhanced community quarantine  (MECQ) following the appeal of the medical frontliners and also the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

Yap said he is fully supporting the decision of President Duterte.

“This magnifies the fact the our medical frontliners are valued highly and recognized for their heroic efforts during this time of pandemic,” Yap said.

However,  Yap said, it is very unfortunate that some people are capitalizing on this issue to attack the government despite various measures in place not only in support of our frontliners but also to eradicate COVID-19.

“Nakakadismaya dahil maraming gumagamit at nagpapagamit sa mga taong gustong pabagsakin ang gobyerno para sa pansariling interest lang nila. COVID ang kalaban, hindi ang pamahalaan. Kung magtagumpay kayo at bumagsak ang pamahalaan, mawawala ba ang COVID? Yung mga medical frontliners natin ang ginagamit nyo ngayon para magalit ang tao sa pamahalaan kahit na napakaraming hakbang na ginagawa para sa kanila,” Yap said.

“Siguro panahon na para mag-isip kayong mabuti, tama ba na nakatutok ang armas ninyo sa gobyerno? Baka mas dapat na naka-tutok yan para makatulong kayo sa pagsugpo ng COVID. Kung artista ka, bakit hindi mo gamitin ang impluwensya mo para manawagan na manatiling nasa bahay ang ating mga kababayan? Kung ikaw ay nasa oposisyon, malayo pa ang halalan, bakit hindi muna tayo magkaisa?" he added.

The House leader said the House of Representatives is already discussing the Bayanihan We Recover As One or the Bayanihan 2 in order to expedite the government response to the pandemic which is adversely affecting the economy.

Likewise, Yap announced that the committee on appropriations will start the budget deliberations.

The proposed 2021 national budget is P4.5 trillion.

“Titiyakin natin na may sapat na pondo para tuluyang masugpo ang pandemic na ito. Dapat may pondo para sa mass testing, bakuna at sa pag-improve ng hospital facilities. Ganun din ang sapat na pondo para sa iba pang aspeto ng pamumuhay ng tao gaya ng education, livelihood, infrastructure at iba pa,” he stressed.