VP Leni Robredo
By Junex Doronio
SHORT OF ASKING Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo if he’s a troll, the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said the Palace official should “get his facts straight” after he accused her of free-riding a government plane when she visited typhoon-hit Catanduanes province.
“Sumabay ka doon sa mga relief goods. O, ‘di parang ikaw ang may dala noon,” Panelo on Monday said in his talk show aired on state-owned People’s Television network.
Panelo said Robredo used a government plane when she visited Catanduanes which was badly pummeled by typhoon Ulysses.
“Nakakalungkot lang, tumutulong si VP Leni sa mga tinamaan ng bagyo at baha, at imbes na suporta, paninira at kasinungalingan ang binabato. Ano ba ang mga ito, lingkod bayan o troll?” Robredo spokesman lawyer Barry Gutierrez retorted.
Robredo did not use a C-130 plane when she brought aid to Bicol, her home region, said Gutierrez but did not elaborate.
“Secretary Panelo should get his facts straight,” Gutierrez said in a statement.
Robredo earlier lamented the disaster council’s “lack of urgency” in dispatching immediate relief to Cagayan, where residents fled to their rooftops to escape 2-story high floods in the aftermath of Typhoon Ulysses last week.
She claimed her office facilitated rescue efforts there and distributed relief aid to various areas. (AI/MTVN)