Gordon: Somebody should answer for vaccine smuggling

A decision of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stop its investigation into the ‘’illegal, unauthorized’’ inoculation of members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) is tragic, Senator Richard J. Gordon said Tuesday.   

Senator Richard Gordon (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

 ’Dapat may managot. Pwede namang i-reprimand, eh bakit di iimbestigahin? Nagtataka ako dahil ang Secretary of Defense sinabi smuggled 'yan eh," Gordon added. (The guilty must suffer. It is ok to reprimand but why stop the probe? I am surprised why the probe was stopped because the Secretary of Defense (Delfin Lorenzana) said the ‘’vaccine’’ was smuggled.  

The military establishment stopped its investigation on the use of unregistered COVID-19 vaccines among the PSG after President Duterte ordered the PSG members to keep mum on the inoculation controversy.     

"That's unfortunate because I think he's wrong. The President has got to respect the separation of powers clause,’’ Gordon said.      

The AFP’s decision to call off its probe on the vaccination of members of the PSG with unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines leaves a bad taste in the mouth, Gordon said.