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Duterte’s proof of life photos ‘wrong and disturbing’ – Hilbay

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Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay is concerned that President Duterte has to show proof of life photos whenever he is not seen in public for a while.

“There’s something fundamentally wrong & disturbing about repeated proof of life shots of a President every time there’s a public outcry over his prolonged absence,” he tweeted.

Hilbay reminded the President about a “greater obligation” to the people. “A public officer who is Commander in Chief & Chief Exec has a greater obligation than just prove he’s still alive,” he said.

Duterte has been away from public view since he cast his ballot in Davao City last Monday, May 13.

Rumors swirled that he was confined at the hospital but the Palace denied such speculation. The 74-year-old President however refused to confirm or deny that he went to the hospital last weekend.

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Keep ’em coming! 38K AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrive in PH

The Philippines received another 38,400 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on Sunday night.

The delivery from Amsterdam via a KLM Asia flight arrived around 7 p.m.

National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the deliveries completed the expected 525,600 doses secured by the national government that is part of the first round of allocated doses from the COVAX Facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable access to vaccines led by the World Health Organization and Gavi Alliance.

“Sa ngayon meron na po tayong 1.1 million doses para sa ating mga (As of now, we already have 1.1 million doses of vaccines for our) healthcare workers,” Galvez said in an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

The vaccine will be immediately deployed to high-risk communities. The initial 487,200 doses arrived on March 4.

A total of 54,500 AstraZeneca doses have been sent to hospitals in National Capital Region (NCR), Region 4-A (Calabarzon) and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

NCR got 1,500, Calabarzon received 13,000, CAR 10,000 doses, and Central Luzon 20,000.

“For this week, to all regions, we will be deploying 240,720 doses,” he said.

Based on the resolution submitted by the Department of Health and the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, the government will prioritize vaccine deployment to Covid-19 high risks areas such as NCR, Central Visayas, Calabarzon, Region 11 (Davao) and other areas in CAR.

“With the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccines in the country — all 525,600 doses — there is no doubt that the WHO-led COVAX is committed to carry out its crucial role of ensuring that less-developed nations have equitable access to life-saving vaccines,” Galvez said.

He cited the recommendations made by the vaccine expert panel and President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to allocate all the vaccines arriving this month to healthcare workers.

“The Duterte administration is doing its best to secure the vaccine doses it would need to inoculate all medical front-liners and healthcare workers in the country within this month,” he said.

The government is targeting to complete the inoculation of healthcare workers within March and start with other priority sectors by April. (PNA)

Create spaces for all genders: Robredo urges women to be trailblazers

Vice President Leni Robredo called on women to unite and work together to create new trails amid challenges to gender inequality.

Robredo said the International Women’s Day, which is celebrated Monday (March 8) is a reminder that the fight for gender equality continues.

“We need as many women and allies as possible banging against the glass ceiling and creating spaces where all genders can flourish and contribute to society. Because progress hinges not on the brilliance of a few, but in the sustained united effort of all,” she said.

“So as we honor the victories of those who came before, let us blaze new trails for others to follow. Let us answer the calls to leadership, face the trials of our time with resolve, and strive towards a fairer, kinder, more humane world, where no one is left behind,” the Vice President added.

Robredo is the second female Vice President of the Philippines, next to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

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