President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to punish the heads of local government units (LGUs) who are slow in vaccinating.
The President criticized that vaccination is weak at the provincial and national levels while it is okay at the national level.
The President is not satisfied with the record of vaccinations because the target is to inject about 1 million doses per day.
Duterte himself instructed DILG Secretary Eduardo Año to punish local chief executives who are slow to vaccinate.
In this regard, Duterte told the National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide the necessary support to LGUs. Especially in the delivery of vaccines.
He said planes and helicopters deliver the vaccine to distant places.
The only problem, he said, is if there are enough people to inject the vaccine.
Punish LGUs with slow vaccination program – Duterte
“Ang dapat lang pagdating doon eh talagang nandoon na ‘yung mga tao. The human resource side would be ready to do the injections. Kung sakali mangyari ito, I hope that the local governments, the mayors, would take time really to attend to this problem of delay,” said Duterte.
(All you have to do is get there, the people are really there. Then, the human resource side would be ready to do the injections. Should this happen, I hope that the local governments, the mayors, would take time to attend to this delay problem.)
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte boasted that he would not be President if he were corrupt like Richard Gordon and Franklin Drilon.
“‘Wag po kayo magpadala d’yan sa mga intriga na ako raw ay abogado (ng Pharmally). Alam ninyo sa totoo lang, Gordon at Drilon, ‘di ako aabot sa presidency, from my mayorship to the presidency kung corrupt ako kagaya ninyo, kung tumatanggap ako ng mga p*****i**, ng mga campaign funds d’yan sa mga tao na alam ninyo na gumagawa ng kalokohan kasama ‘yung mga miyembro ng Congress,” said Duterte.