- Senator Manny Pacquiao clarified that he isn’t trying to get ahead of Duterte when he asked the assistance of US President Joe Biden on vaccines
- He explained that we are in dire need of help and there is no time to waste
- Earlier, Pacquiao wrote a letter to Biden through the US Embassy to the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires John Law to expedite delivery of Moderna vaccines
Senator Manny Pacquiao sought the assistance of US President Joe Biden to expedite the release of Moderna vaccines to the Philippines.
Admitting that the slow delivery of vaccines in our country frustrates him, Pacquiao revealed that he wrote to US Biden through the US Embassy to the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires John Law.
“Prangka ako magsalita, nababagalan ako sa pag-deliver ng vaccine, sa ibang bansa massive na vaccination na,” Pacquiao said in an online interview.
He reminded the US that the first batch of the Moderna doses was announced to arrive in the country by June 2021.
“On behalf of all Filipinos and the Filipino-American community, I humbly ask for the generous help of your government to intervene for the early delivery of the Moderna vaccines. Even an initial release and delivery of at least 10 million doses this April would go a long way in saving many Filipino lives,” Pacquiao appealed in his letter.
Law replied to the senator; saying that he had already forwarded his request to the US President. He assured that the US Embassy in Manila “has been honored to assist and support our friends and allies in obtaining vaccines, treating patients and preventing the spread of the disease.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao clarified that his move is in no way an attempt to get ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte. He explained that our fellowmen are in dire need of help and response.
“Hindi naman sa inuunahan ko ang ating Pangulo pero ginagawa natin ang lahat ng ating maitutulong para sa ating mga kababayan… kailangan natin ang immediate response sa problema dahil dumarami ang COVID cases,” he was quoted on GMA.