Palace disowns Duterte-Duterte vaccination reminder via text message

Published June 3, 2021, 4:30 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang said it had nothing to do with the text message being spread reminding the public to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The text message supposedly coming from President Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio urging the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. On June 3, 2021, Malacañang denied being the source of this text message.

Roque made the statement after people started receiving a text message from a random number telling the public to register for the vaccination.

The message, that supposedly came from President Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, bore the hashtags #SafePilipinas and #SafeDavao.

“Dumarating na mga bakuna: Magrehistro sa barangay. Magpabakuna pag natawagan na. Mag-ingat lagi (The vaccines are arriving: Register with your barangay. Get vaccinated when you get the call. Take care always),” the text message read.

In his press briefing on Thursday, Roque denied the government’s involvement in the circulation of the text message.

“Ako po yung in charge sa communications pagdating po sa bakuna and I can say, bagama’t ang Presidente po ang best communicator, hindi po kami nagpapakalat ng ganoong text (I am in charge of the communications when it comes to the vaccine and I can say that even though the President is the best communicator, we didn’t spread those texts),” he said.

The Philippines rolled out its vaccination program on March 1. As of June 2, the country has obtained 8,279,050 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

A total of 5,383,172 doses of COVID-19 have been administered as of June 1, 2021, and 1,293,750 individuals have been fully vaccinated.