Roque on reported vaccination of 100,000 Pogo workers: 'Kung totoo, eh 'di mabuti'

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

PHOTO: PhilNews

MANILA, Philippines — MalacaƱang said on Monday it is “good” that some 100,000 Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (Pogo) workers in the Philippines were already inoculated against COVID-19 as this means there are now less possible carriers of the virus.

“Wala po akong impormasyon. Kung totoo man, eh ‘di mabuti. [So] 100,000 less possible carriers of the COVID-19,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in the Palace briefing.

Teresita Ang See, a Chinese-Filipino, bared that some 100,000 Chinese nationals living and working in the Philippines have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 despite the absence of approval from local regulators.

The civic leader said the vaccinations started as early as November last year but she had no idea how the Chinese-developed vaccine was brought into the Philippines.

She added that most of the Chinese nationals who received the vaccine work for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

“Okay lang sa akin na mabakunahan sila because we don’t have much control [over] them. Wala tayong basis to touch base with them, especially the POGO workers,” Ang See said on Tapatan sa Aristocrat forum.

The Philippines' Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved any COVID-19 vaccine for use in the country.

The FDA and Bureau of Customs launched separate investigation on the vaccination of some government officials, members of the Presidential Security Group and other military men.

The National Bureau of Investigation's Special Action Unit has also been assigned to look into the use of smuggled COVID-19 vaccines in the country.



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