By Junex Doronio
May 4, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Risking to be bashed as FC (Feeling Close), potential presidential material Senator Manny Pacquiao has sent President of the United States (POTUS) Joe Biden a letter requesting him to facilitate the early delivery of some 20 million doses of Moderna vaccines secured by the Philippine government with the private sector.
Stressing that the Philippine health care system is on the verge of collapse and worried that the first batch of Moderna doses is still scheduled to arrive in June, Pacquiao highlighted the urgency of having the vaccines in his April 10 letter to Biden coursed through John Law, charge d’ affaires of the US embassy in Manila.
“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,” Pacquiao said.
He further stressed that even “an initial release of at least 10 million doses this April would go a long way in saving many Filipino lives.”
The prospective standard-bearer of the ruling PDP-Laban for the 2022 presidential elections said the country is now in a dire health crisis due to the spike in infections, particularly in Metro Manila caused by new mutations that “pushed the capacity of several hospitals towards collapse and major hospitals have been operating at full capacity.”
“For humanitarian reasons, we hope that this matter will merit your prompt attention and action,” Pacquiao pointed out.
Some political analysts said this move by Pacquiao was meant to earn some “pogi points” and endear him to the US which has been “maneuvering” ever since in the election of the president of its former colony.
They predicted a three-way presidential race in 2022, with Pacquiao running under PDP-Laban, Sara Duterte under Hugpong ng Pagbabago which will evolve into a national political party, and former Senator Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV of the opposition coalition 1Sambayan. (AI/MTVN)