Lacson to Isko Moreno: It’s wrong to say we are not doing our job

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Senator Panfilo “Ping" Lacson was not pleased after Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso called out public officials, including senators, for their supposed inaction on the coronavirus disease crisis. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 4) — Senator Panfilo “Ping" Lacson was not pleased after Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso called out public officials, including senators, for their supposed inaction on the coronavirus disease crisis.

Lacson said his fellow lawmakers have been busy passing a law on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of their mandate.

"Yorme, kaya po namamahagi ngayon ang gobyerno ng tulong pinansyal kasama na ang lungsod ng Maynila ay dahil nagpagod at nagpuyat ang mga senador kahit may banta ng COVID-19 para ipasa ang Bayanihan Act,” said Lacson, addressing the mayor with his self-given nickname.

[Translation: Yorme, the government is now providing financial aid, including to the city of Manila, because senators worked hard and spent sleepless nights even with the threat of COVID-19 so we can pass the Bayanihan Act.]

He added that it was wrong to assume that senators were missing in action.

"Mali ang paratang ninyo na wala kaming ginagawa,” added Lacson.

[Translation: You are wrong to say that we are not doing anything.]

On Thursday, Moreno called on politicians such as members of the upper chamber, to stop politicking and to instead focus their attention on helping their constituents.

Mga senador, dalawampu't apat lang kayo. Mga sekretaryo, mga pulitikong katulad ko…nasaan kayo ngayon? Nasaan? Hinahanap namin kayo, kasama na ako," he questioned in one of his online briefings.

[Translation: To the senators, all 24 of you. To secretaries and other politicians like myself…Where are you now? Where? We are looking for you, including me.]

"Puro nalang tayo kontra rito, kontra roon dahil sa mga isinusulong ninyong pulitikal na interes, wala ba kayong puso?”

[Translation: All you do is argue here and there, pushing for your political agenda. Don’t any of you have hearts?]

Senate President Vicente “Tito" Sotto III also posted a statement, attacking unnamed persons for challenging senators to display their efforts to the public.

Sang-ayon ako na bawal mamulitika kung kaya’t hinahamon ko lahat ng putiko sa buong bansa lalo na ang mga mayayabang na local official na wag gamitin ang pagtulong sa kanilang mga nasasakupan para sa pansariling ambisyon,” said Sotto in a statement.

[Translation: I agree that there should be no politicking, which is why I am challenging all politicians in the country, especially those arrogant local officials, not to use their efforts to help their stakeholders for their own personal ambitions.]

Other senators such as Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian and Joel Villanueva shared Sotto’s post in agreement.

Lacson even vouched for the Senate President vouched for the Senate President, saying he is aware that Sotto assists health workers in Quezon City, but he was just keeping mum about it to the press.

Sotto also stressed that lawmakers have been giving back to the people without any need for public acknowledgement.

“It’s not our mandate to repack rice and sardines with a complete PR team around us. Some of us do, WITHOUT the PR team!,” he said in a separate post on Twitter.