Harry Roque has no right to bully and disrespect health workers, according to Vice President Robredo.
On Sunday, Vice President Leni Robredo said that Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has no right to bully and disrespect health workers.
Robredo slammed Roque’s “outburst” against health workers and said that the Palace official has no right to bully health workers who were risking their lives in the fight against the pandemic.
In a video obtained by Inquirer, Roque was shown expressed his frustration on a group of doctors during a Zoom meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to discuss updates on the government’s pandemic response.
But the Vice President said that the IATF was created to also heed the concerns of all sectors as well.
“Kaya nga may Inter-Agency Task Force para pakinggan lahat, kung ‘di ka agree okay lang sabihin na ‘di ka agree pero wala kang karapatan mam-bully (at) mambastos,” Robredo said in her weekly radio program.
Robredo also pointed out that government officials were there for the people and not for themselves.
Robredo also disagreed with Harry Roque’s remark that the political opposition made criticisms because it wanted the current administration to fail.
“Parang sinasabi ni Secretary Roque na ang opposition daw gusto mag-fail ang government. Diba kalokohan? Kapag nag-fail ang government, pati opposition nadadamay. Ang ibig kung sabihin, yung mga hanapbuhay natin apektado, yung kaligtasan apektado. Sino magwi-wish na mag-fail ang gobyerno sa panahong ito?” Robredo said.
On the plight of frontliners during the pandemic, the Vice President said that health workers have the right to air their concerns because they’re also representing their sector.
In a Presidential press briefing last September 10, Roque explained that he wanted to put across a message on behalf of those who experienced hunger due to lockdowns in response to the public health crisis.
The Palace official also apologized for his “outburst of emotion” in the IATF meeting, but the doctors’ group said that Roque’s apology was “not sincere”.