“Instead of maligning us, help us,” former Rep. Alfredo Benitez, Negros Occidental provincial economic consultant, said Saturday.
"We called for a timeout weekend to facilitate mass testing for everyone’s benefit, not for any one’s personal gain,” Benitez, who initiated the move, said.
The local government units mobilized resources to make it happen, he said.
“Healthcare workers have answered our call to swab and test people despite the risk from exposure. Businesses have also voluntarily suspended operations,” he pointed out, as he thanked them for their sacrifice and support.
He also thanked the public for their trust and cooperation.
“To our critics, may you emulate our frontliners. Instead of maligning us, help us. I am not competing with anyone nor have any personal agenda out of this. COVID-19 is our common enemy. Let’s focus on how to combat this crisis,” Benitez said.
“If our direction serves, in your mind, a greater good, then join us. If not, then speak out and offer actual solutions," he added.*
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