Philippines' Duterte warns he'll jail people who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine

Modesto Morganelli
Giugno 22, 2021

Duterte's remarks contradict those of his health officials who have said that while people are urged to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, it was voluntary.

Duterte, who cancelled the Philippines' membership of the ICC's founding treaty in March 2018, repeated he will not cooperate with the probe - describing the ICC as "bull****".

"You choose, vaccine or I'll put you in jail", the President reportedly said during a televised speech on Monday concerning the low attendance of citizens to vaccination centres in Manila as reported by Astro Awani.

"If you don't want to get vaccinated, I will have you arrested. I'm sure you don't want that to happen in your own country and loved ones that is why we are careful in preventing the entry of the Delta variant", Roque said.

Roque reiterated Filipinos from the said countries could still go home provided it is through repatriation of the government or their respective recruitment or manning agencies.

In the same address, Duterte directed the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to identify and list down residents who refuse to get vaccinated.

Commenting on the President's statement, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said arresting people who refuse getting the vaccine has no legal leg to stand on.

Duterte and his administration have faced criticism over a vaccination campaign that has been saddled with supply problems and public hesitancy. Let's just say, those living in the Philippines do not have the luxury of refusing their vaccines. If implemented, it would be one of the strictest measures to get people vaccinated across the world. Sinovac Biotech also plans to raise Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to as many as 6 million doses per month through September, he said.

Duterte also walked back on an earlier remark that required people to wear plastic face shields over face masks only in hospitals as an added safeguard. After experts briefed him on the threat of more contagious coronavirus variants, Duterte declared it mandatory for people to continue wearing face shields indoors and outdoors.

President Rodrigo Duterte was just airing his "exasperation" when he warned that those refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 could be arrested, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said during One News' "The Chiefs" on Tuesday night.

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