MANILA -- Senate President Tito Sotto on Friday slammed critics bashing senators for their alleged lack of action during the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Sotto, in a statement, said that they were on call during the Congress special session to address the ongoing crisis.
He added that senators are doing their own little ways to help their fellow Filipinos despite some being on quarantine.
"Sa katotohanan, karamihan ng mga kasama ko sa Senado, naka-quarantine man o hindi, ay tahimik na tumutulong sa ating mga kababayan sa ibat-ibang bayan o lugar sa aming personal na kapasidad," he said.
He added that politicians should not be flaunting every move that they are doing.
"Tigilan natin ang pagpapa-cover ng ating mga ginagawa, ito naman ay ating sinumpaang tungkulin. Tigilan muna ang pagiging EPAL at pagiging KSP," Sotto said.
"Ibuhos ang lahat ng kakayanan at lakas sa totoong serbisyo publiko, may nakatingin man o wala."
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier placed the country under a state of public health emergency in an effort to contain the virus.
He signed the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, giving him additional powers, to address the needs of the Filipinos during the crisis. -with reports from Katrina Domingo and Sherie Anne Torres, ABS-CBN New