2022 election talks amid COVID-19? It’s like a sin — Robredo

By Deighton Acuin


It was like a sin to talk about 2022 national election plans amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which had infected more than 600,000 Filipinos, Vice President Leni Robredo said Tuesday.

Robredo told reporters during her visit to a molecular laboratory in Uswag, Iloilo City that she must do her part to address the current pandemic situation first before discussing plans for the 2022 polls.

“Wala pa. Parang kasalanan isipin iyong eleksyon ngayon, dahil ang daming naghihirap, ang taas ng cases. Parang huwag muna. Marami pang puwedeng mangyari,” Robredo told reporters during her visit to the Uswag Iloilo City Molecular Laboratory.

“Marami pang puwedeng mangyari. Parang kapag inisip natin iyong eleksyon ngayon, hindi natin magagawa iyong trabaho natin,” she added.

“Siguro kung eleksyon na iyong iniisip ko, magpapatawag ako ng maraming tao para hindi sayang iyong baba. So iyon nga, trabaho muna saka itong COVID response iyong asikasuhin natin,” the Vice President pointed out.

Earlier, Robredo said she would consider candidacy for local office as her vice presidential term ends in 2022.

As of Tuesday, March 16, the Department of Health (DOH) recorded 631,320 total cases of COVID-19 in the country, including 57,736 active cases, 560,736 recoveries and 12,848 deaths.