Malacanang has named a new undersecretary who will replace resigned Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman and undersecretary Markk Perete.

Find out who’s replacing resigned DOJ spox Perete

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Malacanang has named a new undersecretary who will replace resigned Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman and undersecretary Markk Perete.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the Palace has approved the appointment of lawyer Jon Paulo Salvahan to fill the seat as DOJ undersecretary.

Though he take the spot of Perete, Guevarra said Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar will continue to be the DOJ spokesperson.

At the moment, the secretary said he is looking into what tasks will be assigned to Salvahan.

“We’ll review the distribution of areas of responsibility ASAP,” the secretary said.

Guevarra noted Salvahan is just one of 25 appointments approved and released by Malacanang on Tuesday (Jan. 19).

The other 24 are newly appointed and promoted prosecutors for the DOJ’s National Prosecution Service (NPS).

Salvahan, who graduated from the Ateneo Law School in 2010, is a junior partner of the law firm Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the Medialdea Bello and Suarez law firm.

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Kiko to gov’t: Follow guidelines on priority sectors to vaccinate first

Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Sunday appealed to the government to respect its own guidelines and priority list and to refrain from violating them and skipping to the head of the queue for the limited Covid-19 vaccine shots.

“Nakasaad sa batas na sinertify as urgent at ipinasa ng Senado na dapat inuuna ang mga health workers sa mga bakuna dahil sila ang nasa unahan ng pakikipaglaban sa virus,” he said, citing Republic Act 11525.

Noting the recent spike in Covid cases and the emergence of new strains, Pangilinan said Republic Act 11525 or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act passed by Congress lists the hierarchy on the priority list for those who need to get vaccinated: healthcare workers, senior citizens, people with co-morbidities, frontline personnel including uniformed personnel and teachers, and indigent population.

“Di ba sa eroplano pag may emergency, pinauuna ang mga magulang sa pagsuot ng life vest at oxygen mask para mapangalagaan din niya ang kasamang anak? Ganun din dito. Inuuna muna ang pwedeng mag-alaga sa mga vulnerable, pagkatapos ang vulnerable,” he said.

“’Ika nga, yung mga hindi nakasakay sa eroplano, hindi kasama. Usapin ito ng kalusugan kaya unahin ang makakasiguro ng kalusugan ng sambayanan at ng ekonomiya,” he added.

Pangilinan’s reminder also comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) made a statement noting that the Philippine officials’ disregard of the priority list may “impact and jeopardize future deliveries of vaccines through the Covax facility” to the country.

The Covax Facility is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to the vaccines.

WHO has advised that priority groups should include healthcare workers on the frontlines followed by people over the age of 65, and the rest of the population.

Pangilinan reminded that the goal is to curb the infection, reduce deaths, and protect the healthcare system, which can only happen if those most in need of the vaccine receive it first.

Amid the scarce supply, vaccines have come in trickles in the country with the first shipment of 600,000 doses of China’s Sinovac arriving last Sunday followed by 487,200 doses from AstraZeneca.

Kiko to gov’t: Follow guidelines on priority sectors to vaccinate first

Senator Kiko Pangilinan on Sunday appealed to the government to respect its own guidelines and priority list and to refrain from violating them and skipping to the head of the queue for the limited Covid-19 vaccine shots.

“Nakasaad sa batas na sinertify as urgent at ipinasa ng Senado na dapat inuuna ang mga health workers sa mga bakuna dahil sila ang nasa unahan ng pakikipaglaban sa virus,” he said, citing Republic Act 11525.

Noting the recent spike in Covid cases and the emergence of new strains, Pangilinan said Republic Act 11525 or the Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act passed by Congress lists the hierarchy on the priority list for those who need to get vaccinated: healthcare workers, senior citizens, people with co-morbidities, frontline personnel including uniformed personnel and teachers, and indigent population.

“Di ba sa eroplano pag may emergency, pinauuna ang mga magulang sa pagsuot ng life vest at oxygen mask para mapangalagaan din niya ang kasamang anak? Ganun din dito. Inuuna muna ang pwedeng mag-alaga sa mga vulnerable, pagkatapos ang vulnerable,” he said.

“’Ika nga, yung mga hindi nakasakay sa eroplano, hindi kasama. Usapin ito ng kalusugan kaya unahin ang makakasiguro ng kalusugan ng sambayanan at ng ekonomiya,” he added.

Pangilinan’s reminder also comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) made a statement noting that the Philippine officials’ disregard of the priority list may “impact and jeopardize future deliveries of vaccines through the Covax facility” to the country.

The Covax Facility is a global initiative aimed at equitable access to the vaccines.

WHO has advised that priority groups should include healthcare workers on the frontlines followed by people over the age of 65, and the rest of the population.

Pangilinan reminded that the goal is to curb the infection, reduce deaths, and protect the healthcare system, which can only happen if those most in need of the vaccine receive it first.

Amid the scarce supply, vaccines have come in trickles in the country with the first shipment of 600,000 doses of China’s Sinovac arriving last Sunday followed by 487,200 doses from AstraZeneca.

Magpaubaya sa frontliners! Alan Cayetano: ‘Immoral’ for politikos to be prioritized for COVID-19 jab

By Billy Begas

Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano said it may be legal for some government officials to get COVID-19 vaccine shots but it is immoral.

“Minsan legal pero imoral,” said Cayetano as an advice to government officials who are planning to get vaccinated.

Several government officials were criticized for getting vaccinated amid the limited supply.

“Pag nagkaroon na po supply, tsaka na kami magpabakuna, unahin natin yung sa protocol. Madali akong gumawa ng dahilan para magpabakuna na, pero bawal magpapabakuna na hindi pa dapat, maaagawan mo ang isang frontliner. So tapusin muna natin ang mga frontliner,” said Cayetano.

Cayetano said there should be no VIPs in the COVID-19 pandemic, especially since many local government units are still worried that they might not be given free COVID-19 vaccines.

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