Palace slams Senate probe on COVID-19 vaccination of Duterte's security

 By Deighton Acuin


MalacaƱang has questioned the alleged 'interference' by the Senate on Monday after calls for a probe on how the Presidential Security Group (PSG) got inoculated with coronavirus vaccines.

“Hindi ko po alam [I do not know],” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing when asked if PSG Commander Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III will be allowed to join a Senate inquiry on the government’s vaccination plan.

“Pero hindi ko po maintindihan kung bakit panghihimasukan ng Senado, a co-equal branch of government, ang seguridad ng ating Presidente e gayong hindi naman pinaghihimasukan ng Presidente ang seguridad ng Senado. So siguro po, mutual respect of co-equal branches of government,” Roque added.

Roque said that the move by the PSG proves that they are "ready to die" for the sake of Duterte's protection.

Earlier, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Durante must be invited in the hearing on government's vaccination program plan.

“In my view, the PSG Commander must be called and must appear in the investigation of the Committee of the Whole to shed light on this issue,” Drilon said.

Durante earlier disclosed that some of the President’s close-in security detail were vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as September.

As of this moment, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve any vaccine candidates for public use.



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