‘No cover-up’: Duterte says he didn’t know about PSG vaccination | Inquirer News
Close  

‘No cover-up’: Duterte says he didn’t know about PSG vaccination

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 12:50 AM January 05, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that he was not aware of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) being vaccinated against COVID-19 as he denied that there was a “cover-up” of the issue.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I don’t know really if they were injected with the vaccine. What brand, I don’t know. Do not presume, as they said, that there’s a cover-up,” he said, speaking partly in Filipino, in his pre-recorded weekly briefing on the pandemic.

With a curse, he added, “I’m not a fool to play around. If I say that I will allow them, I will allow them. But I did not because they had it on their own.”

FEATURED STORIES

If he wanted to order that all military personnel be vaccinated against COVID-19, Duterte said nothing could stop him from doing so.

“If I want to say that it’s for emergency purposes, you give the vaccines, there’s no story needed there. There’s nothing for me to cover… Your minds are weak. What would stop me from saying, okay, all of you get an injection — all the armed forces?” Duterte said.

Previously, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon hinted of a “cover-up” in the use of unauthorized vaccines.

The PSG chief, Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III, said the members of the President’s close-in security detail were vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as September without Duterte’s authorization.

Durante also admitted that the PSG requested for the vaccines, but refused to disclose their “source.”

Separate investigations into the issue have been launched by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Bureau of Investigation, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

[atm]

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: coronavirus pandemic, coronavirus Philippines, COVID-19 Vaccines, PSG COVID-19 vaccination, Rodrigo Duterte, unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.