‘No vaccine, no subsidy’ unfair: Go

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (File photo)

MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has expressed objection over the proposed ‘no vaccine, no subsidy’ policy, saying it is unfair and no one should be forced to get vaccinated just to get government assistance.

“Unfair po yun, unfair sabi ko ng walang pilitan. Kung sino ang kusa, bigyan natin ng insentibo (That’s unfair. This shouldn't be forced. Those who volunteer to be vaccinated should get incentives),” said Go in an ambush interview after the distribution of assistance to residents of Antipolo City in Rizal on November 9.

Instead, Go said that the government should continue to encourage the public to get vaccinated by explaining the benefits of vaccines and providing further incentives.

Go argued that every individual has the right to take or refuse immunization.

He did say, though, the government should continue to offer incentives to encourage people to obtain their shots.

“Kawawa naman ang Pilipino. Nandiyan pa rin ang takot. ‘Di mo maiwasan. Karapatan po ng sambayanang Pilipino kung ayaw nilang magpabakuna (There’s always that we can’t avoid. Every Filipino has the right to decline vaccination),” he added.

Go, however, said the government would continue to give incentives and urge Filipinos to get inoculated, especially the indigents.

He said President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to reject such a proposal as well.

“I can’t speak on behalf of the President pero, most likely, ganun din ang magiging stand n’ya. Pareho stand namin sa mahihirap (but, most likely, he would also have the same stand. We both stand for the poor),” Go said. (PR)

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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