The Senate Committee of the Whole will proceed with its investigation Monday (January 11) on the government’s roadmap for COVID-19 vaccination, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.
In an interview over dwIZ radio Saturday (January 9), Sotto denied Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s remark that the Senate had gone soft on the controversy surrounding the Presidential Security Group’s (PSG) clandestine COVID-19 vaccination.
“Ewan ko pati spokesman nya may dagdag na salita na tumiklop daw kami, ano saan kami tumiklop, wala kami sinasabi na ganun,” Sotto said, referring to Roque.
The Senate President said senators are more interested in finding out the specifics of the government’s plan to vaccinate Filipinos against COVID-19 than what the PSG did.
“Ang issue ano ang roadmap? Gusto makita ng Senado saan gagastusin ang P72.5 billion na inilagay namin sa budget para sa vaccine. Paano bibili, paano distribution, sino gagamitan, ano efficacy,” Sotto said.
Duterte earlier warned Congress against investigating the PSG for vaccinating themselves against COVID-19 even if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve a brand for use in the Philippines.
The President said he will order the PSG to either snub a hearing that will be called by Congress or stay silent during questioning by lawmakers.
Sotto said around 18 resource persons have been invited to the hearing.