Malacañang is confident that there will be no attempts to bribe Philippine drug and health authorities in the process of approving and purchasing vaccines for the coronarivus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement amid reports that China’s Sinovac Biotech put out dirty money to have its vaccine get past Chinese regulators.
“Buong buo po ang tiwala ni Presidente kay Dr. Domingo, so pagdating po diyan sa allegations on bribery, tingin ko po hindi mangyayari iyan sa Pilipinas (President Rodrigo Duterte has full trust on Dr. Domingo, so as to allegations on bribery [on Sinovac], I think that won’t happen in the Philipines),” Roque said in his regular press briefing on Thursday.
Roque was referring to Dr. Rolando Enrique Domingo who heads the Food and Drug Administration.
The US newspaper Washington Post in its December 4 issue said Sinovac had been found to have a record of bribing Chinese drug regulators to secure vaccine approvals.
Duterte said early this week that he expects the country’s purchase of Covid-19 vaccines to be free of corruption. The Philippines is aiming to immunize up to 70 million Filipinos with an approved Covid-19 vaccine, which will cost at least P72.3 billion. SOVEREIGNPH