Sat. Apr 17th, 2021

The purchase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines for Filipinos will be free from corruption with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. in charge, President Rodrigo Duterte assured Monday night.

Duterte said he had full faith and confidence that Galvez will make sure that there won’t be any kickbacks involved in the process of acquiring vaccines.

‘Yang vaccine na ‘yan (That vaccine), it’s worth billions. They said we would need about P73 billion to vaccinize the population. ‘Yan teritoryo‘yan ni Gen. Galvez (That’s Gen. Galvez’s territory). I have full faith and confidence na walang kickback-kickback ‘yan wala lahat. Walang makikialam. Siya lang ang kakalap ng vaccine para sa ating mga kababayan (Nobody will interfere. He’ll be the only one importing vaccines for our citizens),” he said in a taped public address.

Last month, Duterte said he wanted Galvez to be the sole person in charge of the purchase of vaccines.

He turned down the idea of having to form a committee in charge of vaccine procurement as it might lead to further delays.

Malacañang earlier said the national government’s vaccination drive against Covid-19 will not be tainted with politics.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President made it clear that all priority groups would be provided with free doses of the potential vaccine, regardless of whether they are part of the opposition or critics. SOVEREIGNPH

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