President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the police and barangay captains to limit the movement of citizens who do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 amid the rising number of Delta variants.
According to Duterte, he will tell the police to bring home those who come out without the vaccine because they are likely to spread the virus.
He said there is no end to the problem if the complaints are given, but they do not want to be vaccinated.
“Walang katapusan ito kung pagbigyan ko lang kayo. ‘Pag mahina ang loob ko dahil mag-iyak-iyak kayo diyan, eh ibang istorya ito, adre. Bayan itong pinag-uusapan natin kaya kung ayaw ninyong makatulong by having the vaccines, eh ‘di huwag na lang kayong lumabas ng bahay,” said Duterte.
Duterte added that it is the job of the barangay captains to see who else in his constituency does not yet have the vaccine.
“It behooves upon really the barangay captains. Trabaho talaga ng barangay captains iyan eh to go around to see who are vaccinated and who are not, and to give the appropriate warning that they should not be going around because they are throwing viruses left and right,” said Duterte.
Don’t allow unvaccinated to go out – Duterte
The President admitted that there still needs to be a law that will punish those who do not want to be vaccinated but want to go out of the house where other people’s lives are in danger.
Duterte assured that he would be responsible when someone files a complaint.
“Kung may idemanda, ako na. Iyan ang utos ko, ibalik ka doon sa bahay mo. ‘Iyan ang utos ni Ma-yor. Kung magdemanda ka balang araw, idemanda mo siya.’Harapin ko ‘yan. I assume full responsibility for that. Mahirap iyang ano ng style ng iba,” said Duterte.
Meanwhile, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez announced that the Philippines had reached its target of vaccinating half a million individuals in one day.
On July 27, 659,000 people were vaccinated in one day, the highest number since the country’s vaccination program began in March.