BOC, PNP urged to ensure no fake COVID-19 vaccines will enter PHL
Robie de Guzman • February 4, 2021 • 422
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday called on the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement stringent measures to ensure that no smuggled or fake COVID-19 vaccines will enter the country’s borders.
Hontiveros made the call as she cited reports of Chinese authorities seizing over 3,000 doses of fake COVID-19 vaccines packed in saline-filled syringes, which they suspected were made with the intent to send abroad.
The senator stressed that coronavirus vaccines should pass through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make sure that these are safe for the public’s use.
“Pag hindi dumadaan ang bakuna sa FDA, walang ibang makakasigurado na ligtas ito. We need to keep watch of our borders like bloodhounds. Ni isang pekeng bakuna ay hindi dapat makalusot,” Hontiveros said in a statement.
“Our own authorities need to bust any plan to bring those fake vaccines onto our shores. Anyone willing to put other people in danger for quick profit should be apprehended and put behind bars,” she added.
She also urged the National Taskforce on COVID-19 (NTF) to step up its game in assuring the public of the safety of vaccines by breaking down its quality control and security measures.
“Ilatag na ang safety and quality control protocol at magdagdag ng security protocol para siguraduhing ang bawat isang dose sa milyon-milyon nating bibilhin ay walang halo at hindi peke,” she said.
“I expect the heads of law enforcement and the NTF to be on top of this. This is a grave concern of public safety and health,” she added.
Hontiveros also warned the public against getting vaccinated through the black market, and to instead trust in the national COVID-19 vaccination plan.
“Engaging in the black market is not only illegal, it is dangerous. Go through the proper government channels,” she said.
“The health and safety of Filipinos is all that matters. Let’s show the public that we are doing everything we can to vaccinate them safely and truly lead them out of the pandemic,” she added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will closely monitor cemeteries nationwide ahead of the observance of the Catholic community’s Undas.
In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has directed police personnel to be prepared for the arrival of people in cemeteries, memorial parks, or columbaria during Undas on November 1 and 2.
Eleazar said they are expecting people to visit these areas before November to avoid crowds.
“Inaasahan natin ang maagang pagbisita ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga pumanaw na mahal sa buhay. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na maging alerto at siguraduhing nasusunod ang ating minimum health standards,” he said.
“Dapat matiyak na walang mangyayaring super spreader event sa mga sementeryo,” he added.
The PNP chief’s directive comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ordered for the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2.
Eleazar also reminded the public to strictly abide by health and safety protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it will try to review more drug war cases before the end of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they are coordinating with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police-General Guillermo Eleazar for the turnover of documents relative to the cases for their review.
Guevarra, however, said the review will depend on their manpower and on whether the case file folders from the different PNP regional offices in the country are already available and complete.
The DOJ is also considering conducting random reviews of the cases coming from the regions.
Meanwhile, Guevarra stressed that they will not allow the investigation that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is planning to launch on the government’s drug war to affect their review.
“Sa aking huling nabasa tungkol sa isyu diyan ng ICC mukhang tuloy-tuloy naman sila. Sabi nga ng kanilang bagong prosecutor I understand that they will continue with the investigation. So sa amin, kami rin naman dito sa DOJ tuloy-tuloy lang din yung trabaho namin dito. Kung ano man ang naibigay sa amin irereview namin with proper recommendations,” Guevarra said.- —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — Muling nagbabala ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) sa mga pulitiko na nakikipagsabwatan sa mga sindikato ng iligal na droga sa bansa.
Ito’y kasunod ng pagkakaaresto sa mayoral candidate na si Tom Nandang, alyas Datukon Nandang, na tumatakbong alkalde sa Kabuntalan, Maguindanao.
Nakuha kay Nandang ang nasa 5-milyong pisong halaga ng shabu at isang .45 caliber pistol.
Si Nandang ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng Philippne Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) habang inihahanda ang kasong isasampa laban sa kanya.
Ayon kay PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, hindi titigil ang pulisya sa pagtugis sa mga politiko na may kaugnayan sa iligal na droga.
“I am reiterating my warning against political aspirants with connections to criminal groups, you will be arrested. The PNP will stop you from using your guns and goons to try to steal the elections from our kababayan,” ani Eleazar. —/mbmf
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