DAVAO CITY – The physician of President Duterte is ready to give clearance to the Chief Executive to be injected with COVID-19 vaccine in public.
This was bared by Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go in an interview with the Davao media at Babak Gymnasium in the Island Garden City of Samal.
“Inaantay na lang po namin ni Pangulong Duterte, dumating ang safe and effective vaccine. Once dumating na po ito, nakausap ko na rin po ang kanyang doktor, ay ready nan aman po (President Duterte and I are just waiting for the safe and effective vaccine to arrive. Once this will arrive, I already talked to his doctor and said he is ready),” Go said.
The senator said the doctor of the president is the one to choose what vaccine suitable to be injected to Duterte based on his health status and age.
“Iba’t-ibang klase po yung darating mayroong Pfizer, mayroong Astrazeneca, mayroong Moderna, mayroon Sinovac at Novavax . So ibat-iba po ang laman vaccine yan, kung ano po ang suitable po sa kanyang edad ngayong mag se-seventy six na po ang ating mahal na pangulo sa susunod na buwan (We have different vaccines to come, we have Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, Sinovac and Novavax. All of these vaccines have different composition. So, whatever will be suitable to the health and age of the President since he will be 76 years old next month),” he said.
Go said while he and Duterte are willing to make their vaccination public, they prefer to allow frontliners to be given priority.
“Ayaw po namin ma una, gusto po naming mauna ang mga frontliners, gusto po naming mauna po ang ating mga mahihirap na kababayan lalong-lalo na po sa mga malalayong lugar yung mga pinakasulok na mga kababayan natin na hindi alam kung saan kukuha ng vaccine (We do not want to be the first to be vaccinated, we want the frontliners to be prioritize and the poor people expecially those in the far-flung areas who do not know where to get the vaccine),” he said.
“Kaya lang po, para makuha natin ang kumpyansa ng mga mamamayan, ay handa po kami na maunang mabakunahan para makuha lang natin ang kumpyansa sa ating binibili (But, just to gain the trust of the people, we are ready to be the first to get the vaccine for them to trust the vaccines we procure),” Go added.
Duterte has expressed willingness to be the first Filipino to receive a vaccine jab in the Philippines.
Last month, Roque said the President prefers to receive the vaccine in private.