Not once, but twice. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. apologized to Sen. Panfilo Lacson Wednesday evening and on Thursday morning, for statements he made regarding the issue of the government's vaccination program.

Not once, but twice: Galvez says sorry to Ping over vaccine issue

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Not once, but twice. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. apologized to Sen. Panfilo Lacson Wednesday evening and on Thursday morning, for statements he made regarding the issue of the government’s vaccination program.

Lacson said Thursday morning that Galvez apologized to him personally during a meeting attended by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Sen. Ronald dela Rosa, and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

“I accepted his apology. He promised to be more careful in issuing statements,” Lacson said in a statement.

Last Jan. 15, Lacson called out Galvez for statements he made at a Zoom meeting on Jan. 14, where he accused some senators of “demonizing” vaccine developers or “hurting” ongoing negotiations with vaccine makers and suppliers.

During the Senate Committee of the Whole’s second hearing on the issue last Jan. 15, Lacson belied Galvez’s claims that he was allegedly politicizing the issue because of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

According to Lacson, Galvez asked for the meeting through Magalong. The meeting was held Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, Galvez apologized anew at the “Laging Handa” public briefing before noon Thursday, when asked what happened in Wednesday evening’s meeting.

He thanked Sotto, Lacson and dela Rosa for the dinner meeting where he explained the procedures on negotiations for the vaccines.

“Ako ay nagpapasalamat po kay Sen. Lacson kasi mayroon din po akong pagkukulang, at ang aking akusasyon na ginagamit yung pulitika ng Senado yung hearing, ako ay nagkamali at I want to make an apology on that,” he said.

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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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