PH receives over 600K Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shots

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2021   •   450

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has received another batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said Friday.

In a statement, the NTF said the shipment containing a total of 609,570 doses arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Thursday night.

The latest shipment of Pfizer jabs is part of the 40 million vaccine shots procured by the government, it added.

To date, a total of 129,053,970 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the Philippines since February.

Government data showed that as of November 17, a total of 72,763,442 of vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, of which 40,179,796 Filipinos have already received their first dose while 32,581,158 individuals are now fully vaccinated.

The government aims to fully vaccinate 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year, the NTF said.

COMELEC releases ballot face for 2022 elections

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Tuesday released the final ballot face for the May 2022 national and local elections.

The ballot contains the names of 10 presidential aspirants and nine vice presidential bets. It also includes the names of 64 senatorial candidates.

The presidential aspirants included in the final ballot face are listed in the following order:

  • Abella, Ernie
  • De Guzman, Leody
  • Domagoso, Isko Moreno
  • Gonzales, Norberto
  • Lacson, Ping
  • Mangondato, Faisal
  • Marcos, Bongbong
  • Montemayor, Jose Jr.
  • Pacquiao, Manny Pacman
  • Robredo, Leni

The names of vice presidential bets included in the ballot are the following:

  • Atienza, Lito
  • Bello, Walden
  • David, Rizalito
  • Duterte, Sara
  • Lopez, Manny SD
  • Ong, Doc Willie
  • Pangilinan, Kiko
  • Serapio, Carlos
  • Sotto, Vicente Tito

The final ballot face also includes 178 party-list groups.

Ballot faces for other areas have also been uploaded by the COMELEC on its website.

Duterte threatens to name ‘corrupt’ presidential bet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 25, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to spill some information about the presidential aspirants and who among them is allegedly ‘most corrupt’.

In a taped speech aired on Tuesday, Duterte said he will bare some details and “what’s wrong” with the presidential bets in the 2022 elections “in due time.”

“I will personally name the candidates and maybe what’s wrong with them na kailangan malaman ng tao because you are electing a president, sino ‘yung pinaka-corrupt na candidato,” he said.

Duterte said the information came “from everybody” and from “personal experience.”

While he did not specify names, Duterte said there is a ‘very corrupt’ aspirant who cannot become president.

“Mayroon diyan, talagang hindi pwede maging president,” he said.

“Mayroon naman diyan na presidente, pero masyadong corrupt. Kala lang kasi tao malinis, pero yung mga transaction, business sa kaniya, official business, pati yung mga chinese nagreklamo na masyadong corrupt,” he added.

Another contender, he said, is a bit lacking in experience, and doesn’t even seem to know the “fundamentals” of what a person who wants to be president should know.

“Medyo kulang talaga. Kulang na kulang. Everyday may sasabihin siya na mali o maski the fundamentals of what a person na gustong mag-president dapat,” he said.

Duterte stressed that he is not politicking and that he only wants to reveal this to let the people know about these issues.

“I’m talking to you as your president. Kailangan ilalabas ko kasi we are talking of elections, we are talking of our country and the next rulers, so to say, so to speak,” he said.

“Walang personalan ito… Nothing at stake for me, wala talaga akong rason bakit maghanap ako ng kalaban,” he added.

Duterte has yet to endorse a candidate for the presidential race.

His daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, is running for vice president in tandem with Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

NTF targets full vaccination of 77M Filipinos by Q1

Maris Federez   •   January 24, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Around 57.19 million Filipinos have already completed their doses of COPVID-19 vaccines, based on the record of the National COVID-19 vaccination dashboard.

This prompted the government to intensify its coordination with the private sector and other stakeholders to expand the country’s vaccination program and launch the Resbakuna sa Botika project.

Vaccine czar and National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. said he is confident that the government will be able to reach its target of 77 million fully vaccinated Filipinos by the first quarter of the year.

Galvez is also confident that the government will be able to administer booster shots to more than 72 million Filipinos.

The government, Galvez said, continues to look for other means to bolster the vaccination program and inoculate more Filipinos at the soonest possible time.

Meanwhile, Galvez reported several factors that stall the country’s vaccination efforts.

Among which is the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in six regions in the country last December, wherein local governments were forced to suspend their vaccination rollout and respond to and address the needs of their constituents first.

Another factor, Galvez cited, is the forthcoming elections where local chief executives are now putting their focus on, instead of coming up with an effective plan for the vaccination drive.

Nevertheless, the Task Force chief hopes that the LGU executives will be able to set aside their personal interests to ensure that public health and welfare will be protected. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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