Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s spokesman on Thursday blasted a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) official who called Robredo “non-essential.”

In a One News appearance on March 31, Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III took a swipe at Robredo saying: “Hindi talaga essential si lugaw.”

Robredo is being called “Leni Lugaw” by her critics for her lugaw-selling fundraiser in the 2016 elections.

Densing made the statement after a viral video of a GrabFood delivery of lugaw being blocked at a barangay in Bulacan made the rounds on social media.

Densing “epitomizes the admin’s Covid response,” said Robredo’s spokesman Barry Gutierrez.

“With cases rising, hospitals full and millions struggling, instead of doing real work, he makes ‘jokes,’ plays politics and bashes someone who’s actually doing the job they’re supposed to,” Gutierrez tweeted.

“‘Di lang ito ‘non-essential.’ Ito ay pabigat,” he added.

The lugaw delivery has prompted Malacañang to clarify that lugaw or rice porridge is an “essential good” and its delivery should not be prohibited amid enhanced community quarantine. John Ezekiel J. Hirro