Former Vice President Jojo Binay has slammed the government's alleged "colossal failure" to curb the coronavirus outbreak as well as alleged inefficiency in vaccine procurement.

‘Nganga pa rin tayo’: Poorer nations begin COVID vaccine rollout ahead of PH – Binay

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Former Vice President Jojo Binay has slammed the government’s alleged “colossal failure” to curb the coronavirus outbreak as well as alleged inefficiency in vaccine procurement.

Binay, in a Facebook post, said vaccine rollout has yet to begin in the country while other poorer neighbors have already started.

“Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia are among the countries that have started vaccinating their citizens. They may be poorer than us, but obviously they are more efficient and adept at handling the crisis and making the welfare of their people as a priority. Tayo, nganga pa rin,” he said.

Binay is dismayed with the administration’s alleged poor handling of the vaccine acquisition.

“The handling – or mishandling – of vaccine procurement joins the long list of examples of poor management during this pandemic. Wala na ngang ayuda, wala pang bakuna,” he said.

With the government’s alleged mishandling of the pandemic response, the former official said he was no longer surprised about the country’s economic downturn.

“Kung ganito ang sitwasyon natin pagkaraan ng halos isang taon na lockdown, huwag na tayong magtaka kung bakit huling makakabangon ang ating ekonomya sa Southeast Asia,” he said.

Binay, on the other hand, commended the government for deferring plans to place the country under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until the vaccine rollout begins.

He said the national leadership deserves to be recognized “for making the right decision.” The public’s health and welfare should always be the priority, he said.

“If only the administration acted with the same focus, efficiency and resolve early last year, we would not be in the sordid situation we are in now,” he said.

“Economic managers claim that easing restrictions would mitigate hunger, poverty, and unemployment. Ironically, record-high hunger, poverty and unemployment can be attributed to the administration’s colossal failure to immediately contain the virus early last year,” he said.

He said the ideal situation would be for the government to ease lockdown measures while economic relief measures and mass vaccination of citizens are carried out.

STATEMENT OF FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JEJOMAR C. BINAY ON THE DECISION NOT TO RELAX QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS The national…

Posted by Jojo Binay on Monday, February 22, 2021

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For buses’ benefit: 300K liters of fuel smuggled weekly from Bataan to NCR

By Nancy Carvajal

At least 300,000 liters of fuel is smuggled weekly from a shipyard in Mariveles, Bataan to garages of various bus companies in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, persons involved in transporting the product told the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI Special Unit Action agent Melvin Escurel said individuals they have talked to claimed to be clueless about the smuggling of fuel.

“A witness said they just received instructions from ‘Jerome’ and ‘Eric’ to proceed to the Seafront Shipyard and wait for the barge that would fill up their tanker,’’ Escurel said.

Using a long hose, diesel is loaded into the tankers inside the shipyard from a barge anchored about 500 meters away from the dock.

The tankers are filled with fuel at least three times a week. They travel to the shipyard from a garage in Pasay City.

Escurel said four to five tankers deliver the fuel to the garages of various bus lines. One tanker, meanwhile, heads to Fairview, Quezon City to fill up a supposedly abandoned tanker.

Based on witnesses’ testimonies, Escurel said the fuel smuggling scheme involving the Bataan shipyard appears to be well organized.

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