BY the looks of it, Malacañang, it seems, is “supporting” the drive-through vaccination program of none other than Vice President Leni Robredo.
Since the Office of the Vice-President is using COVID-19 vaccines procured by the government, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace welcomes VP Leni’s efforts, adding that the administration appreciates any effort seen to boost the government’s target of hitting herd immunity within the year.
“So hindi po nagbabago ang posisyon ng Presidente dahil ito po ay isang pamamaraan na makakapagbigay sa ating kababayan iyong bakuna na procured by the Duterte administration. We welcome of course this initiative,” Roque said.
“At saka iyong method ng pagbibigay, iyong drive-through, eh talaga naman pong makakatulong ito para mas marami ang mabakunahan,” he added.
“Sinuportahan po iyan ng ating Presidente kasi ang bakuna naman ay binili po ng gobyerno ng Pilipinas sa administrasyon ni Presidente Duterte. At lilinawin ko rin po, sabi po ng Imus ay hindi lang po sa Imus—kasi this is in partnership with the private sector, with Robinsons ‘no. So ang sabi po ng Robinsons at saka ng Imus, matapos po ang Imus, they have tapped also local governments of Bacolod, Iloilo, Tagum City and Valencia in Bukidnon for future drive-through initiatives. Lahat po iyan suportado ni Presidente because it is further means bringing the vaccines to the people,” the Palace mouthpiece quipped.
Interestingly, Malacañang’s statement is far from the previous remarks that the Vice President has been getting even before the onset of the global pandemic early last year.