Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s camp on Monday accused Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio of politicking over the presidential daughter’s strong criticism of the vice president’s comments on the Covid-19 surge in Davao.

Robredo’s spokesman Barry Gutierrez said the vice president had no intentions to politicize the Davao surge and only wanted to help.

“Si VP ang pilit hinahatak sa usapin ng pamumulitika habang ang buong focus niya nasa pagtulong. Sa Cebu, sa Tuguegarao, sa Palawan…pumunta si VP dun, nakinig sa mga tao sa ground, hinanap ang mga agaran pati na long-term na solusyon sa mga pinagdaraanan nila,” he said in a statement.

“Ever since ginagawa na ni VP ito. Tulong lang. Game si VP na gawin din ito sa Davao— unless pulitikahin na naman siya,” Gutierrez added.

The Robredo spokesman made the statement after Duterte-Carpio lashed out at Robredo for making comments on an issue she allegedly “lacks understanding and knowledge on.”

“The VP should avoid involving the Covid-19 surge in Davao City in her attempt at politicking. There will be a proper time to attack my performance as a (local chief executive) in this pandemic if she dares to run for president,” Duterte-Carpio said.

“This has been the hallmark of her term as VP, where she puts forth comments on matters and affairs she lacks understanding and knowledge on and does not offer anything helpful to solve a problem,” Carpio claimed.

Her strong comments were issued after Robredo, in a radio interview, said Davao should take notes from Cebu’s Covid-19 response.

“Parang controlled and marami ang ginawa – ang partnership doon … hindi lang talaga LGU pero very active doon ang medical community,” Robredo said, referring to Cebu.

“Makakatulong na tingnan kung anong ginawa sa Cebu. Kasi kung titingnan mo ngayon na nagsa-spike na, sa Cebu parang controlled, ‘di ba?” she told broadcaster Ely Saludar.

According to the influential Octa Research outfit, Davao City had the most Covid-19 cases per day from June 5 to 11, averaging 180 new cases daily.

Carpio and Robredo are among the top bets for the presidential race in 2022. John Ezekiel J. Hirro