- President Rodrigo Duterte disclosed that he is confident with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
- He said that the two are working together to make sure they will choose the right vaccine
- Duterte said Galvez has his welfare in mind, so he’s sure he will make the right decision
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed confidence in his Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
In the President’s taped message to the public, he expressed his positivity over the country’s covid vaccination program. Despite the differing opinions of the public on the government’s preferred brand of covid vaccine, Duterte said he trusts Galvez and Duque will make the right choice.
“It is certain that what is said by the two of them, Secretary Duque and Secretary Galvez, seems to be as good as my word, too. I myself. I guarantee you that they chose a better vaccine, believe me. Believe me,” the president insisted in a mix of Filipino and English.
The President assured that he would take responsibility if something should go wrong in the COVID-19 vaccines that the national government would procure. He disclosed that he trusts Galvez to choose the vaccine with the President’s welfare in mind, so he is sure that the czar will not make a mistake.
“For me, what Secretary Galvez has chosen would bind me. It’s as if it was me who bought the vaccine. So I will not buy the wrong vaccine,” Duterte said in Filipino.
“What Secretary Galvez chooses, his responsibility, is my responsibility too. Ultimately, actually, in all of this, if there is a blunder, in what those of us in the government are choosing and negotiating for now, if there is an error, at the end of the day, it is really my responsibility,” he added in a mix of Filipino and English.