- Former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez aired his honest thoughts about the government’s COVID-19 response
- He said that the government has failed in handling the pandemic crisis in the country
- Alvarez also said that a “knowledgeable” president should be elected in the next election
- It can be recalled that Alvarez is a close friend of President Rodrigo Duterte but it got strained when he was ousted as the House Speaker
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Former House Speaker and a long-time friend of President Rodrigo Duterte, Pantaleon Alvarez, called the government’s COVID-19 response as a “failure.”
KAMI learned that Alvarez pointed out the continuous increase of COVID-19 cases in the country as days go by.
In a report by Philippine Star (authored by Delon Porcalla), Alvarez said on his radio program that there is a problem with how the government is handling the pandemic.
“Let’s admit it. The handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the entire Philippines is a failure,” he said.
“So there’s a problem, something is wrong in handling the problem,” Alvarez added.
The former House Speaker also suggested voting for a “knowledgeable” president in the next election.
“It is not yet clear when this COVID-19 will end and there is no medicine yet. This will cross over to the next administration, that’s why we need to choose a president who is knowledgeable,” he shared.
In a Facebook post by One News, Alvarez said that the government was able to address the insurgency in the country and peace and order.
However, as posted by News5, Alvarez said that the Duterte admin failed to handle the COVID-19 crisis.
“Ito personal view ko lang na failure ang pag-handle ng COVID natin. Instead na bumaba, lalong umakyat,” she said.
Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez is a Filipino politician. He is the Representative of Davao del Norte’s 1st District. He also served as the House Speaker from 2016 to 2018.
Alvarez was ousted as the House Speaker just a few moments before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte in 2018. He was replaced by former Vice President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Last year, President Duterte admitted that he had no idea about the ouster plot against Alvarez. He said that the mastermind behind it was his daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte.
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