MANILA - The government should welcome "all those who want to help" to improve the Philippines' fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go said Thursday, after an executive agency official urged authorities to probe donations coursed through the office of Vice President Leni Robredo.
Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) commissioner Manuelito Luna earlier said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) should probe Robredo's coronavirus-related projects as these "compete with" or are "calculated to undermine" the Duterte administration's efforts to combat the disease.
"Welcome dapat lahat ng mga gustong tumulong. Welcome rin ang mga bumabatikos na magbigay ng kanilang rekomendasyon," Go told ABS-CBN News in a text message.
(All those who want to help should be welcome. Those who want to criticize and share their recommendations should also be welcome.)
"Huwag na natin pairalin ang pulitika sa panahon ngayon. Lahat naman tayo gustong malampasan ang krisis na ito," he said.
(Let's not play politics at this time. All of us want to get past this crisis.)
Robredo is the highest opposition official, who had criticized several policies of the Duterte administration, where Go earlier served as special adviser to the president.
"Maging parte sana tayong lahat ng solusyon at hindi dumagdag sa problema," he said.
(Let's be part of the solution instead of adding to the problem.)
"Pagtulungan nating maitigil ang mga maling nangyayari sa paligid natin, at kung ano po ang tama at makakabuti sa ating kapwa, iyon ang ating dapat gawin," he said.
Robredo's camp earlier criticized the PACC, saying its suggested investigation was "ridiculous" and "inappropriate" as the Philippines continues to battle against the spread of the COVID-19.
"Anyone who insists that bringing much needed assistance to hospitals, health workers, and poor Filipinos is somehow a 'competition' has absolutely no understanding of the gravity of the crisis we are all facing," Robredo's spokesman Barry Gutierrez said.
PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica earlier said Luna's statement does not reflect the official stand of the agency.