The Senate will open its floor to investigate the government’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Senate President Tito Sotto announced.
Senators are looking at beginning the probe on January 11.
However, the Senate president said his colleagues will need to finalize whether the issue of the immunization of President Rodrigo Duterte’s close-in security personnel can be included in the discussion or another hearing will be scheduled for it.
“The original question of the hearing is ‘Bakit wala pa tayong vaccine? Kailan at paanong i-distribute at paano storage?’ samantalang ang issue nila ‘Bakit meron vaccine ang iba.“
Late last year, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo confirmed that members of the Presidential Security Group already got their shots against COVID-19.
Prior to this, Duterte also announced that he has knowledge that some military men were already vaccinated with the still-unregistered vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm.
Both the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Customs are already looking into the matter, with the addition of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Special Action Unit.