Malacañang on Saturday said it was “unfortunate” that Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was singling out lapses of the government in her statements for her own credit, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to stop finger-pointing.

“We find the action of the Vice President, which is looking at the glass half-empty — focusing on the shortcomings just to score political brownie points at the expense of the [Duterte] administration — totally unwarranted,”

Robredo in an interview over CNN Philippines, said that the government was “in denial” of its shortcomings in handling the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now infected 34,803 Filipinos.

Malacañang, in response, called Robredo’s allegations “baseless,” saying the government has been transparent with its course of action amid the health crisis.

“We have been as transparent about our lapses as we are about our gains, and as we have said in previous occasions, fighting Covid-19 is a collective effort. It is a whole-of-government approach,” Roque said.

“The remarks of the vice president that the national government is in a state of self-denial or praising its actions are hence baseless,” he added.

Roque, also spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, urged Robredo to send him inputs and reiterated his call for the vice president to ask about anything she wants clarified.

“I call on VP Robredo to simply request the information she wanted from the concerned offices in the executive department. Also, I enjoin her not to hesitate in sending her valuable inputs, and I will make sure her concrete ideas will be tabled for discussion in future IATF meetings. This is how we work for the common good,” he said. (John Ezekiel Hirro)