What Duterte Said in His Weekly Speech (Feb. 8)

Here's a recap of the President's weekly address.
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Here's a recap of what President Rodrigo Duterte said in his weekly speech to the nation. This one was delivered on Monday, Feb. 8.

  • Duterte asks if the COVID-19 vaccines that will arrive in the Philippines offer protection against virus variants.
  • CONTEXT: Feb. 15 is Target Start Date for COVID Vaccination in PH, Palace Says
  • Duterte says schools can be used as COVID-19 vaccination sites if facilities are lacking.
  • CONTEXT: Who's on the COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List?
  • Duterte says it will be "nice" to see the military "helping out" in the COVID-19 immunization program.
  • COVID-19 vaccination czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. says the government can use military camps as immunization sites.
  • Duterte tells communist rebels to "kindly observe the rules of humanity," saying they should allow vaccines to be transported safely.
  • Duterte tells all government officials to leave the handling of COVID-19 vaccines to the inter-agency task force on pandemic response, saying "they call the shots there, nobody else."
  • Galvez discusses the priority list for COVID-19 vaccines which includes health frontliners, the elderly, and essential workers.
  • CONTEXT: COVID-19 Vaccine: Why Frontliners are First in Line
  • Health Sec. Francisco Duque III says the COVID-19 situation of the Philippines is better compared to other countries.
  • Duterte lauds Congress for its support for the country's COVID-19 response and vaccination program.
  • Duterte says he has no problem if Congress grants Lopez-owned ABS-CBN a franchise but notes that he will not allow the network to "operate" until the Lopezes pay their taxes.
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