By Amado Inigo
MANILA — Chief Philippine National Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar warned a certain group to drop its plan of staging mass protests against the national government’s vaccination program especially amid the two-week “circuit-breaker” enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.
Eleazar’s warning came on the heels of several social media posts claiming there are mobilization plans allegedly being hatched by “people who do not believe in the coronavirus disease” vaccination program of the government.
“It has come to my knowledge that some of our compatriots have been urging on social media to join them in a plan to hold a massive protest against our government’s free vaccination,” Eleazar said.
“While we respect the right of the people to freedom of expression and even the decision of some people to refuse vaccination, encouraging our kababayan to do something that would compromise public health is a different matter.”
Amid the Delta variant scare, there is already a significant increase of people who want to get inoculated survey results show.
A recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations from June 23 to June 26, claimed that about 45% of Filipinos are now willing to get inoculated against the coronavirus.
This is a significant increase from a similar SWS survey from May, where only 3 out of 10 adult Filipinos were willing to get vaccinated. (AI/MTVN)