Robredo on Monday called a pressconference to announce the postponement of her release of her discoveries andrecommendation on the government’s drug war during her short stint as co-chairof the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs due to the earthquake thathit Davao del Sur last Sunday. Panelo dismissed as “pure nonsense”criticism that he lacked concern for victims of the magnitude 6.9 earthquakethat hit Davao del Sur, for trying to “score political points when we’re in themiddle of a tragedy.” “Her (Robredo) decision to call a pressbriefing to announce that there is no press briefing, while flashing her40-page report, reveals that she only wants the spotlight,” Panelo said in apress conference on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo belies allegations that he lacked empathy when he criticized Vice President Leni Robredo for delaying the release of her findings on the narcotics crackdown, claiming that she is only after public attention. ABS-CBN NEWS “If VP Leni has anything to recommendabout improving the current anti-illegal drug war, out with it,” Panelo said./PN Panelo went on with his tirade on theVice President saying that the Duterte administration did not accuse her oflack of sympathy when she was on a foreign trip when typhoon Nina struck herhome region Bicol in 2016. Panelo then chided Robredo that she mayseemed have nothing to report, to which Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrezaccusing Panelo of lacking empathy. MANILA – Presidential SpokespersonSalvador Panelo lambasted Vice President Leni Robredo after the latter’s campaccused him of lacking empathy for criticizing the delayed release of supposeddrug war report. Duterte’s spokesman also said it wasRobredo who announced that she would release her report in the first place,hyping public expectation. “She has deferred her report a number oftimes, looking for a perfect timing and hoping that people would pay attentionto her as she struggles to be relevant…” he added. “Thisis not the time to vacillate. If she has ‘discoveries’ that she threatened toexpose, bring it on! As the President dares her to do,” Panelo said. “This administration, through thevarious agencies of the government, provides reports to the people regularly.It is not as if when the Vice President speaks, the world will stop and thegovernment will halt its operations to provide assistance in Davao,” he added. “Kunghindi naiintindihan ni Secretary Panelo kungbakit ipinagpaubaya ng ating bise presidente ang pag-release ng report ngayong umaga pagkatapos nunglindol na nangyari kahapon, eh siguro totoong wala s’yang puso at malasakitpara sa ating mga kababayan,” Gutierrez said.
Defending junior and senior urban netball champions, Gaynstead High and Camperdown High, were off to impressive wins in the second round of the ISSA urban schoolgirls competition which got underway at the Leila Robinson Courts on Thursday.In Group I junior action the Dalton Hinds-coached Gaynstead whipped St Hugh’s 26-9 while in Group II among the Seniors the Wayne Stewart-coached Camperdown High were too strong for Tivoli High beating them 53-17.Coach Hinds was very impressed with his team’s start to their second round campaign.”Naturally, I am pleased with the result in our opening game as the expectation is to go all the way and defend our title and we are expecting to continue winning although I see all teams at this stage as big threats,” said Hinds.St Jago High and St. Andrew Technical were also victorious in Group I action among the Juniors. The Spanish Town-based St Jago had a 24-16 win over Papine while in a very close encounter, St. Andrew Technical got the better of Camperdown 24-22.In Group II there were wins for former champions the Queen’s School, Norman Manley High and St. Catherine High.Queen’s got the better of Holy Childhood 31-25, Norman Manley were too good for Wolmer’s winning 28-10 while St Catherine had a good 37-18 win over Campion College.Second round action will continue next Wednesday November 9 at the same venue.