Lacson on the VFA threat from Duterte: We should ask the US for vaccine assistance without sounding blackmail
The Philips is more civilized than a “blackmail,” remark, said Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson over a weekend to ask US assistance to protect vaccines against COVID-19.
In a letter to reporters, Lacson referred to the danger to the VFA of President Rodrigo Duterte if the US fails to supply 20 million vaccines to the Philipines.
“It is at the very least, unfortunate. I think there could be a more diplomatic or at least a better way of asking a longtime ally to help us avail of the vaccines of our people without sounding like we are blackmailing our way into it,” he said.
The statement is a day after Duterte said that the United States should “stop talking” and supply the world with at least twenty million doses of vaccine or “get out.”
Private firms Pfizer (with German partner BioNTech) and moderne are currently manufacturing the U.S. COVID-19 vaccines used.
As soon as the US terminated Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa’s visa in the Philippines officially requested an end to the VFA in February.
The end method was eventually halted.
Locsin Jr., Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy,” said some 10 million Pfizer vaccines were expected to be distributed in January to the Philippines, but someone was ‘dropping the ball.’
“My just gratitude goes to the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” Babe Romualdez and I said. “I’d received 10 million doses of Pfizer sponsored by the World Bank and ADB in January to be delivered via FedEx to Clark. But somebody missed the ball. I’ve got a steel ball bearings.
For his part, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez said that while the country is now unlikely to receive the vaccines early, talks are underway.