By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — At least two members of the Upper Chamber expressed
support on the “last-ditch” effort of the Duterte administration on
the planned 3-day vaccination drive.
In their separate statements, Senators Risa Hontiveros and Panfilo
Lacson, who is running for president, said that they welcome the
initiative even it is too late to achieve the herd immunity against
“We support the government’s last ditch effort to achieve its target
for this year. Nakakalungkot na ngayon lang naghain ng programa para
sa malawakang bakunahan ang administrasyon, lalo’t mag-e-expire na ang
mga vaccines,” Hontiveros said.
She said that on the last report of the Department of Health (DOH)
during the budget hearing, there are about 12, 686 doses of vaccines
worth P6.9 million expired.
“Huwag na nating dagdagan ang sayang. Ang ganitong uri ng urgency ay
matagal nang panawagan ng marami sa ating mga kababayan,” Hontiveros
“Tulad ng National Immunization Days at OPLAN ALIS Disease ni dating
Sec. Juan Flavier, dapat maayos na ma-mobilize ang iba’t-ibang sektor—
mula volunteers, media, at civic organizations— upang abutin at
pataasin ang bilang ng mga bakunado at protektado laban sa Covid-19
bago mag-Pasko,” she added.
For his part, Lacson said that the late is never too late as long
as it is for the greater good of the Filipino people.
“A three-day national vaccination drive is a welcome development, para
tuluyan na nating maabot ang herd immunity at sana lagpas pa roon,” he
“Ang pagbubukas ng ekonomiya ang pinakamimithi ng sambayanang Pilipino
para makaahon na tayo sa pagkakalugmok ng ating bansa – sa hirap,
gutom, kawalan ng trabaho at negosyo at pagkabaon sa utang,” Lacson,
president of Partido Reporma
He further said that “while the government may have made mistakes
early on in dealing with the pandemic, what is important is that it
makes up and makes good while it is not too late.” (ai/mtvn)