Manila Mayor Isko Moreno did not name names but he was clearly referring to President Rodrigo Duterte when he accused a “somebody” who issue reckless statements and threats against unvaccinated individuals.
Earlier, Duterte threatened to arrest people who refused to get vaccinated. He also said he would have police escort home people who are not vaccinated.
The statement about being arrested generated fear among the public and caused the chaos that ensued in vaccination sites in the city, said Moreno.
Interviewed on ANC, Moreno said “unang-una, kasalanan na nga naming gobyerno. Bakit? E dapat yung bakuna noon pa dumating, e ngayon, natakot pa ata ang mga tao kasi may mga kiyaw kiyaw pa na ipakukulong sila, ‘di sila bibigyan ng ayuda ‘pag hindi bakunado, hindi sila palalabasin.”
That statement generated fear, Moreno added.
In the city of Manila at least 19,000 individuals cramped jab centers as government placed Metro Manila under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). from August 6 to 20 in wake of rising cases of Covid-19.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque has denied that Duterte’s statement led to the crowding of the vaccination sites.
Moreno’s blast at Malacanang is the second this week after he deplored issuance by the Interior department of a show cause order against the Manila mayor in relation to the creation of an anti-drug abuse council.