MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his promise to the people that he will do everything to solve the country’s problems, especially the current crisis on COVID-19.
Duterte assured there is nothing to worry about in terms of the government’s COVID-19 response.
“There is really no problem. Huwag na ninyo masyadong sabihin na lack of materials, resources, for example the beds, nandiyan iyan,” he said during his second public address on Thursday night (April 15).
“We can go as many as kailangan, I can even use the police power of the state. You know what, I can order the authorities to take over the operations of hotels kung wala na talagang mga kama,” he added.
The Chief Executive stressed that the government is not sitting comfortably given the COVID-19 situation.
In fact, it is doing everything to secure enough supply of vaccines for the public.
“Do not be afraid. The government is working. The government is busy doing everything, not nothing. The government is trying to get the things to fix all of us,” the President said.
As for vaccines, the President agreed to have a local vaccine manufacturer in the country after Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez asked for a green lane on government permits to hasten processing and issuance.
“I asked everybody to cooperate. Itong procurement of locally-produced, subject to standards documents and prices. Madali lang ito kung trabahuhin mo ito,” he told Lopez.
Lopez stated that they are currently in talks with a local pharmaceutical company on the production of COVID-19 vaccines in the Philippines though he did not to provide further details. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)