Pacquiao lauds fellow senators for demanding full transparency in COVID vaccine procurement

Published January 20, 2021, 8:29 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Boxing icon and Senator Emmanuel ‘’Manny’’ Pacquiao on Wednesday praised Senator Panfilo M. Lacson and his other fellow senators for their bravery and concern for Filipinos for demanding full transparency in the government’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine procurement program.

Senator Manny Pacquiao(EPA/JOSEPH VIDAL / PRIB / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Senator Manny Pacquiao(EPA/JOSEPH VIDAL / PRIB / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

‘’Buhay at kabuhayan ng ating mga mamamayan ang nakataya dito kaya kasama natin si Senator Ping at iba pa nating mga kasamahan sa Senado sa  kanilang ginagawang sakripisyo upang mabantayan ang isyung ito. Nagpapasalamat din tayo kay Senate President Tito Sotto dahil sa desisyon nitong buuin ang Committee of the Whole upang ito ay maimbestigahan,’’ Pacquiao said. (Lives and livelihood of our countrymen are at stake here. We have Senator Ping (Lacson) and our senators to thank for, for their sacrifices in focusing their attention on this issue. We also thank Senator {Vicente} Sotto {III} for constituting the {Senate} Committee of the Whole to investigate this.)

Pacquiao also issued an appeal to Filipinos to help one another and not turn the crisis into a business opportunity.

‘’Unahin muna natin ang serbisyo para sa ating mga kababayan na sobra-sobra ang paghihirap dahil sa pandemya,’’ he added. (Let us put service first in order to help our countrymen who are facing difficulties because of the pandemic.)     

Pacquiao said there is a pressing need to earn the trust of Filipinos on the efficacy and quality of the vaccines.

‘’Higit dito ay kailangan  din na mawala ang anumang agam-agam sa isinasagawang mga hakbang ng ating pamahalaan upang masimulan na natin ang mass vaccination,’’ he added. (It is important that doubts be erased on the measures the government has adopted to begin the mass vaccination.)  

‘’Kaya lahat po tayo ay may karapatan na malaman ang lahat ng pinapasok na transaksyon ng gobyerno, lalong-lalo na kung ito ay may kinalaman sa kaban ng bayan,’’ he said. (We have the right to know the details of the vaccine purchases by the government as these involve the taxpayers’ money.)

 
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