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Binenta tayo kay BFF Xi! De Lima slams Duterte’s certainty on China-made COVID-19 vaccine

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Senator Leila De Lima criticized President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday (May 31) for expressing confidence that China will be the first country to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

In a statement, De Lima said Duterte showed he is “China’s lackey” by peddling false hopes about its capability to come up with a vaccine against COVID-19.

“Tama ang maghangad ng lunas sa isang nakamamatay na sakit, but for one to even hint on helping China monopolize the production and supply is tantamount to a death sentence for all of us. Mula teritoryo, pati kaluluwa, binenta na ni Duterte sa kanyang BFF! Is he also offering us as guinea pigs to the vaccine trials?” she asked.

Duterte said in a May 28 speech that China’s vaccine against COVID-19 may be available by September.

De Lima said Duterte’s cozying up to China has put the Philippines “in a grossly disadvantageous position.” She said the government’s actions are a far cry from the strategy employed by other southeast Asian countries in the fight against COVID-19.

“Umasa ba ang Vietnam at Taiwan sa kumpas ng ibang bansa? Hindi. Inuna at pinangibabaw nila ang kapakanan ng kanilang mamamayan. They’re not lapdogs of any foreign master, that’s why,” De Lima said.

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