MANILA - With a hair flip, Vice President Leni Robredo shrugged off
a government official's call to investigate her relief efforts for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
"Una, electoral protest. Sunod, impeachment complaint, sedition case, indirect contempt. Ngayon, ang gusto NBI investigation. Kailangan ba du'n personal appearance o puwedeng Zoom? Dami pa kasing trabaho," she wrote on Twitter, referring to an online platform used for virtual meetings.
(First, the electoral protest. Then, the impeachment complaint, sedition case, indirect contempt. Now, they want an NBI investigation? Does it need personal appearance or can you do it through Zoom? I've got a lot of work to do.)
Earlier Thursday, PACC chief Manuelito Luna said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) should probe Robredo's fund drive and relief operations for COVID-19 frontliners since these "compete with" or are "calculated to undermine" the Duterte administration's efforts.
Robredo's actions may be in violation of the government's policies in addressing the pandemic, he claimed.
Robredo's office earlier said it had raised over P40 million for the fight against the virus spread, and had donated medical supplies to over 100 hospitals and local government units nationwide.
Robredo's spokesman, Barry Gutierrez earlier called Luna's call for an investigation as "ridiculous and inappropriate."
"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," he said.
The Vice President mobilized relief drives for COVID-19 frontliners "because it was the right and responsible thing to do," Gutierrez said.
"She has done all this without requesting additional public funds or seeking expanded powers. She did this because she saw a need, and she took action to meet it," he added.
Opposition stalwart Robredo is facing an electoral protest filed by poll rival Bongbong Marcos, a sedition complaint, and is often a subject of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades.
Duterte and Robredo have had a frosty relationship as they are often at odds over policies.