Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has appealed for unity to ensure the timely rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
“Nakikiusap lang ako — alang-alang sa kapakanan ng lahat ng mga Pilipino — na magkaisa na tayo. Iisa lang naman ang hangarin natin at iyan ang malampasan ang pandemya at maiahon ang ating mga kababayan mula sa kahirapan,” Go said in a recent statement as some of his colleagues raised questions on the government’s procurement of vaccines from foreign suppliers.
“Ilan pa bang kababayan natin ang kailangang magkasakit o mamatay sa COVID-19? Let us focus on what needs to be done. Kaysa kumwestyon, tumulong tayo sa pag-aksyon,” Go added.
The senator warned that doubts on the vaccine program is delaying its procurement to the detriment of medical frontliners and poor Filipinos. He urged everyone to give meaning to the deaths of the victims and honor the sacrifices of the frontliners by saving the lives of others as the country’s pandemic death toll passes the 10,000 mark.
“While I support our call for transparency, we should also be considerate to our hardworking officials. They are answering our queries while simultaneously trying to focus on what they are primarily mandated to do in this time of crisis — which is to secure sufficient vaccines, with proven safety and efficacy, at the right price,” he said.
“As we move forward, I continue to appeal to our leaders — for the sake of the country, for the sake of the poor Filipino people, magkaisa po tayo para hindi na maantala ang rollout ng vaccines at makabalik na tayong lahat sa normal na pamumuhay,” he appealed.
The senator assured every one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s commitment in ensuring the integrity of the procurement process, and vowed that any public official found neglecting their duties or being unethical in conduct would be strictly held accountable for their actions.
“They (public officials) will be held accountable for their actions and they know the extent of their responsibilities. Kapag naamoy ni Pangulo na merong korapsyon — kahit utot lang ng anomalya maamoy niya — sigurado sibak ‘yan,” he said.