Instead of setting their sights on the 2022 national elections, politicians eyeing posts in the polls should help both government and citizens not to lose focus on the COVID 19 pandemic and lend their hand in helping address the public health crisis.
Asked to comment on the recently-released results of the Pulse Asia presidential poll survey, Cayetano said that while it would be difficult to stop the conduct of such activities, those planning to run in 2022 should make it their duty to help.
“I think the best thing to do is iyon may balak na tumakbo sa 2022 ay tumulong na lang muna sa pandemic na ito (Those who have plans to run in 2022 must help out in this pandemic),” Cayetano told reporters during an ambush interview in Bicutan, Taguig on New Year’s Day.
The Pulse Asia survey released on December 31 showed Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter, Sara Duterte leading the pack of possible presidential candidates in 2022.
Cayetano, who was President Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 elections, was included among the top ten preferred presidential hopeful.
He placed No. 8 in the list of preferred vice presidents. Previous Pulse Asia surveys have named him among the most trusted among the country’s political leaders in 2019 and 2020.
Cayetano said that while talks about the 2022 political exercise will surely abound, it would be best for everybody not to lose focus on the current public health threat brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic.
He noted that while there are other issues that will get public attention such as the reported corruption in the implementation of infrastructure projects, the country cannot afford to be distracted from the more important COVID 19 vaccination.
The main issue that should occupy public attention is how all Filipinos can access the most effective COVID 19 vaccine at the earliest time.
According to him while government is planning to roll out its vaccination plan for implementation from three to five years, neighboring countries have been planning to do it in just two years.
“So kung ang napag-usapan noon 2020 iyong maraming beses (if talks in 2020 were about the many times) that “the ball was dropped,” or “dropped the ball”, I think let’s start 2021 na eyes on the ball,”he stressed.
Cayetano aired hopes that the Cabinet or the team in charge of the vaccine will speak in one voice in order to explain clearly to Filipinos the vaccination program.
He said what is important to the public is to know which vaccines will be available and their efficacy level, the cost and how government will address the” logistical challenges” it will face in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine.