President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to face outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV anytime.

Duterte is ready to face Trillanes ‘anytime’: Kung mayor lang ako, buhos ko ‘yang kape sa mukha mo!

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President Rodrigo Duterte is ready to face outgoing Senator Antonio Trillanes IV anytime.

“Patapang-tapang — dinadaan mo sa tapang. Akala mo naman, tatlo ‘yung bayag mo. Eh abnormal ka kung ganun. You are no braver than your… Adre, pareho lang tayo,” said Duterte in a speech in Pasig City.

“Any time, any time, any time ako. I am ready to go. I’m 74,” he added.

The only reason why Duterte is holding back in personally confronting with Trillanes is his status as President.

“Kung hindi lang ako…Kung na-mayor lang ako, pupuntahan kita sa bahay mo. Buhos ko ‘yang kape mo sa mukha mo. Totoo,” he said.

Duterte is blaming Trillanes, his Magdalo group, the Liberal Party and allied media outfits for producing the latest attack on him and his family, the “Totoong Narcolist” video which Malacanang believed is a key driver in a plot to oust him.

The narrator, a hooded whistleblower who called himself “Bikoy”, claimed that Duterte, his children, son-in-law and top aide were getting millions in regular payoffs through secret bank accounts from a Bicol-based drug syndicate.

“Kung makahawak ng dokumento, maski na double-deck hearsay lang or… ‘O ito, ito, ito ‘yung papel’. Without really knowing what’s in there,” said Duterte.

“Eh ‘yang kabobohan, just because you are a graduate of what? PMA (Philippine Military Academy)?…Soldiers who are also idiots and who think that because they are soldiers, they know better than you at kung ano ang pinaggagawa…Lumabas na ngayon ‘yang Bikoy na ‘yan. At kung ano ang paninira nila, pati anak ko,” he added.

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Status quo pa rin: Metro Manila to stay under GCQ in March

Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) in March, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

President Rodrigo Duterte approved the new quarantine status that will be implemented next month, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an announcement aired over state-run PTV-4.

Roque said GCQ would also be imposed in Apayao, Baguio City, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Batangas, Tacloban City, Iligan City, Davao City, and Lanao del Sur.

He said the rest of the country would stay under the least restrictive modified GCQ (MGCQ) from March 1 to 31.

“Lahat po ng mga lugar na hindi natin nabanggit ay nasa modified general community quarantine (All other areas we did not mention are placed under modified general community quarantine),” Roque said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), as well as the Metro Manila mayors, initially recommended the imposition of the most relaxed MGCQ in the entire Philippines in March.

Duterte, however, turned down the proposed nationwide shift to MGCQ until the government starts the rollout of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on February 23 said the President is taking a “step-by-step” approach to the plan to place the entire country under MGCQ.

Nograles also said the Cabinet “100 percent” supports Duterte’s latest decision.

The IATF-EID would stick to the “month-to-month” assessment even if the government starts its mass immunization drive.

Duterte is set to lead the simple turnover rites of Covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech on Sunday. (PNA)

Konting tulog na lang! 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine arriving in PH on March 1

Around 525,600 doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine from the United Kingdom’s AstraZeneca will be delivered to the Philippines on Monday (March 1), Malacañang announced on Saturday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines will receive the AstraZeneca vaccines through the Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, a global initiative that guarantees access to Covid-19 vaccines worldwide.

“We are pleased to inform you that the Philippines will receive 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Monday, March 1, 2021, around noontime, as part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX facility,” Roque said in a press statement.

The AstraZeneca vaccines that will arrive in the Philippines form part of the 44 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from COVAX to inoculate 20 percent of the country’s population, Roque said.

Roque thanked the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines developed by AstraZeneca.

The COVAX Facility is co-led by WHO, GAVI, and CEPI.

“We are grateful to everyone — from our medical front-liners to our fellow Filipinos and foreign partners — who stand by us in this challenging time. Together, we will heal and recover as one nation and one people,” Roque said.

In a text message, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said President Rodrigo Duterte will also lead the turnover ceremony for the AstraZeneca vaccines.

The Philippines is set to receive some 44 million Covid-19 vaccine doses allocated by the COVAX Facility within the year.

The country is also expected to have access to up to 9.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines.

The Covid-19 vaccines developed AstraZeneca vaccines will be delivered just a day after the country is also scheduled to receive the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech.

Duterte would lead on Sunday the simple turnover of 600,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine. (PNA)

Pwedeng maging choosy! Healthcare workers still priority for vaccination even if they refuse Sinovac

Front-line health care workers will not lose their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination priority slots even if they refuse to get inoculated with the Chinese-based Sinovac Biotech’s vaccines, Malacañang guaranteed on Saturday.

In an online presser, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said medical front-liners have the privilege to choose the vaccine they want.

“Ang pagbabago po sa ating protocol, kung ayaw po ng health care worker ang Sinovac, pupuwede po siyang tumanggi at hindi mawawala ang kaniyang prayoridad kapag dumating na ‘yung bakunang gusto niya (The new protocol is health care workers who do not want Sinovac can refuse to be vaccinated, and they will not lose their priority status when the vaccine they prefer arrive in the country),” Roque said.

He gave the assurance a day before the arrival of 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine, the first batch that will be delivered to the country.

Roque reiterated that medical workers would not be forced into receiving Sinovac vaccine jabs.

“Walang sapilitan. Walang mahuhuli sa pila. Walang mababago sa pila (There will be no coercion. They will not be last in line. There will be no changes in the vaccination priority list),” he said.

Roque, however, clarified that the new rule would only apply to health care workers.

“Pang-health care workers lang po iyan. Sa lahat po, kinakailangan po talaga kung ano ang naririyan ay tatanggapin natin. Kung ayaw naman po ay wala talagang sapilitan (That’s just for health care workers. So the rest must accept whatever vaccine is available. If they do not like it, they will not be forced to have it),” he said.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the recommendation of the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group and the Department of Health’s Technical Advisory Group to allow the administration of Sinovac vaccines to front-line medical workers.

The IATF-EID’s approval came despite results of clinical trials, which showed that Sinovac only has a 50.4-percent efficacy rate among health care workers exposed to Covid-19.

On Wednesday, Roque said the government decided to administer the Sinovac vaccine to “economic front-liners” from 18 to 59 years old.

Roque said Cabinet officials and even Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo may also be among the first in line to receive the Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac.

In his latest remarks, he said health care workers would still be given priority.

“Inuuna po natin muna ang ating mga health care worker dahil sa pag-aaral mas makakabigay po talaga ng kumpiyansa sa ating taumbayan kung makita nila ang kanilang mga health care worker na naunahang mabakunahan (We will prioritize health care workers because studies have shown that we would be able to boost public confidence if health care workers get inoculated first with the vaccine),” Roque said. (PNA)

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