By ROGER M. BALANZA
After Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, it is now the turn of Vice President Leni Robredo to skewer Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte over her alleged early politicking amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although she did not names like Moreno, Robredo took a swipe at politicians traveling around the country amid the coronavirus crisis in preparation for the 2022 elections.
“Napaka-insensitive natin sa pinagdadaanan na kahirapan ng mga kababayan natin kung sa gitna ng pandemic, ang naisip natin iyong umikot para sa 2022 elections,” Robredo said.
In what is seen as an initial salvo against Sara Duterte, Moreno said earlier that mayors at this point should stay put in their cities, rather than go around to plan for the 2022 election.
Sara Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, has been visiting various cities and meeting politicians, in an apparent effort to gain support for her presidential run in next years polls .
Robredo said, “Siguro while naka-una na iyong karamihan, para sa akin aasikasuhin ko muna iyong trabaho. Kung ang gustong sabihin niyan hindi ako—hindi tataas iyong numero ko, ‘di bale na, basta ginawa ko iyong trabaho ko kasi VP naman ako hanggang June 30 pa next year, eh.”
Sara Duterte, thepresident’s daughter, is leading in pre-poll surveys for presidential preference and could be the presidential bet of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) chaired by President Duterte.
Robredo and Moreno are in the shortlist of potential presidential candidates of the opposition coalition 1Sambayan.
Robredo said she has been talking with Isko Moreno and other potential presidential candidates in the 2022 election, in an effort seen as aimed at forging a unity slate against the candidates of President Duterte.