- Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo stated that the government should not be blamed for the delay in the COVID-19 vaccines
- He explained that the delay in the initial doses of Pfizer vaccine was due to indemnification requirements
- Earlier, Vice President Leni Robredo expressed her concern over the delay in the delivery of vaccines in the country
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo has called out those critics blaming the government for the delays in the COVID-19 vaccine delivery in the country.
Panelo particularly pointed at Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he described as the “torch bearer of the opposition.” He criticized Robredo for making remarks “without thinking” and not understanding the reasons for the delay.
“Alam mo ikaw VP Leni. Parang ikaw hindi ka nagbabasa ng dyaryo, hindi ka nakikinig sa mga komentaryo. Mayroon naman Senate hearing, nagpapaliwanag naman ‘yan si Sec Charlie Galvez at sinasabi kung bakit nade-delay at hindi natin kasalanan,” Panelo said in his show Counterpoint.
Panelo went on to explain that the blame should not be placed on the government. He said that the reason for the delay in the arrival of the initial batch of doses of vaccines from Pfizer was due to issues related to indemnification requirements.
“Naghahanap sila ng indemnification clause. Kailangan daw mayroon tayong batas na pag mayroong side effects itong Pfizer sa mga nagpabakuna, eh kailangang tayo ang managot. Tayo ang gumastos. ‘Yun ang naging dahilan,” Panelo stressed.
The Presidential legal counsel told the Vice President to stop blaming vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr and the Duterte administration.
“So VP Leni, ‘yun ang reason kung bakit na-delay. Hindi kasalanan ni Sec. Galvez, hindi kasalanan ng administrasyon. ‘Yun ang gusto ng Pfizer,” he said.
Earlier, Robredo expressed her concern over the delay in the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine in the country; adding that even Bangladesh has already started its mass vaccination.