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Who gave vaccines to Duterte's security? 'Someday you'll find out,' says PSG chief

 By Archie Villaflores

PHOTO: Philippine Daily Inquirer

"Hindi ko rin masabi actually eh kung saan namin nakuha 'yun, source namin, but maybe someday you'll find out, you'll know someday."

This was what Presidential Security Group commander Brigadier General Jesus Durante III had to say on Tuesday when asked of the source of the vaccine inoculated among his members.

Durante admitted that his unit acquired the COVID-19 vaccine for free and reportedly said the PSG decided to get inoculated without informing and asking for the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"We've done our research about it so we made by all means, we were able to acquire itong vaccine na ito for our unit alone. Wala kaming intent na ipakalat 'yun sa iba," he said.

However, Durante refused to name who gave them the vaccine.

"For now, huwag muna, it could jeopardize itong vaccination program, procurement ng government natin," he said.

There is still no COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and using such without the agency's authorization is deemed illegal.

But Durante justified his unit's use of unregistered and allegedly smuggled vaccines, saying they intended to protect the President from the virus.

President Duterte himself is not yet inoculated and still waiting for a "perfect and appropriate" vaccine, according to the PSG chief.

"Kahit hindi siya nakabakuna pero ang mga nakapaligid sa kanya ay naka-vaccine naman, mas safe siya," Durante said.


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