They are frontliners: Gatchalian says nothing wrong with PSG's vaccination

 By Deighton Acuin

PHOTO: Philippine Star

There is nothing wrong with the vaccination drive conducted by the members of Presidential Security Group, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Wednesday, adding they are considered as frontliners assigned to protect President Rodrigo Duterte.

It was revealed earlier that some members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Cabinet, and PSG received doses of unauthorized coronavirus vaccines.

The issue is now under investigation from concerned agencies, aside from separate probes to be conducted by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“Ako personally, I don’t find anything wrong giving the PSG vaccines. Trabaho nilang protektahan ang ating Pangulo e….” Gatchalian told reporters on Wednesday.

“You can’t protect the President with social distancing kaya I don’t see any issue in giving the PSG priority,” Gatchalian added.

Gatchalian said that his concern is the smuggled vaccines since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve one.

He added that any untoward incidents may attribute to low public confidence in vaccines.

“Baka wala ng magpabakuna kung mamatay dyan. Isa lang madisgrasya dyan wala ng magpapabakuna at magkakaroon tayo ng problema,” he said.

The lawmaker pointed out the earlier results of only 30% Filipinos are willing to be inoculated.

He was apparently referring to the OCTA Research survey, which showed that only one out of four or 25% of respondents in the metropolis are willing to receive vaccination once it becomes available in the country.


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