COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all, including Reds — Duterte

 By Jennylou Canon

President Rodrigo Duterte (PHOTO: Manila Bulletin/PCOO)

President Rodrigo Duterte, in a meeting with selected Cabinet members and infectious disease experts, bared that the COVID-19 vaccine will be made available to Filipinos, including communist rebels.

“The vaccine is available to every Filipino citizen, including the Communist NPAs [New People’s Army] so that you can fight better and you are healthy because I know that you will die,” Duterte said.

“We will make [it] available to you. In the name of humanity, we will not deny kasi ano ‘yan eh, pero just to make you healthy so that you will die ‘pag hindi kayo naghinto,” he further added.

Earlier in July, Duterte said that NPA rebels can only get vaccinated if they lay their arms down against military troops.

Duterte earlier rejected a ceasefire with communist rebels until the end of his term.

COVID-19 vaccination drive will prioritize indigent citizens, medical frontliners, military, and police personnel.



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