By J. Jala | 09:24 PM January 03, 2021
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called for transparency and accountability from those involved in the inoculation of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) with an unauthorized coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine to prevent the public from doing the same.
“Dapat maimbestigahan kasi yun yung mensahe din na hindi natin papalampasin. Kasi kung papalampasin lang, parang ine-encourage yung tao na gumawa ng mali kasi parang walang nangyayari, parang walang sanctions,” Robredo said Sunday in her weekly radio show.
Duterte earlier bared that soldiers received the Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm Group.
PSG commander Brigadier General Jesus Durante III later admitted that his men were the recipients of the vaccine but refused to disclose their source.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana meanwhile said that the vaccines were “smuggled” into the country.
Robredo lamented how the controversy erupted just as other nations launched massive Covid-19 vaccination campaigns.
“Iyong overall message parang sinasabi mo na okay lang pala mag-smuggle… So kapag mayroon akong means para magpapasok, okay, kasi itong mga namumuno sa atin ginawa iyon. Iyon iyong, I think, pinaka-delikado doon,” she said.
Robredo urged those involved in the unauthorized vaccination to come forward, saying that the country could not afford to lose any more time in its fight against COVID-19.
“Sana maging transparent na lang tapos akuin iyong kasalanan. Wala nang cover-up kasi parang imbis na nakatutok tayo sa mga mas importanteng bagay, iyan na naman iyong aasikasuhin natin,” she said.
Malacanang earlier insisted that the unauthorized inoculations were not illegal because the vaccines were donated.
Republic Act 9711 prohibits the manufacturing, importation, exportation, sale, distribution, and non-consumer use of unregistered products.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also said that even donated vaccines needed to be registered.