Nagbabala si Pangulong Rodrigo Roa DUterte sa senado at kongreso sa binabalak nilang pagdinig ukol sa pagpapaturok ng anti-covid vaccine ng mga miyembro ng Presidential Security Group (PSG).
“And I would like to call on Congress na hindi naman ako nakikiusap. Ang ano ko lang diretso na salita na do not tinker with the PSG. I’m telling you as President it’s a matter of self-preservation.
So hanggang diyan na lang ako. I will not elaborate on it but do not force my hand to meddle into this affair because maybe I will not — I am not so keen about allowing Durante and the rest of the PSG to testify.
Ginawa ito nila as I understand para sa kapakanan ng buhay nila. So if they will be called — if they will be called to testify in Congress, my — as a lawyer, I will just tell them because they are now being accused and with the accompanying statement of prosecution and things like that.
And if that is the case, then I would ask the PSG to just shut up. Do not answer. Invoke the right against self-incrimination at wala kayong makukuha. And do not force my soldiers to testify against their will. At huwag ninyong i-contempt-contempt na i-detain ninyo. I do not think it will be good for you and for me. It would not be healthy for everybody.
Just so… Sa kanila ‘yan eh. So kung tingin nila na ikakabuti sa buhay nila eh hayaan mo. And do not threaten them with ano prosecution and things like that. They have every right to live and to invoke self-preservation.
Kumbaga sa criminal law ‘yan, that is the right to self-defense. The enemy, COVID. Alam mo ganito ‘yan, lahat na matamaan ng COVID ay talagang possibility na may mamatay ka na diyan. So if you do not want to go out there and mix with the people because that is your job, eh kawawa naman ang sundalo; and they cannot also be near me because of the social distancing.
So there has to be a solution for this. Ako ‘yung Presidente, I hate to say this, pero kailangan ako ng security na close-in. Puro sundalo ‘yan, pati ‘yang mga babae sundalo. Oh how do you now propose that they can guard me and my life kung social distancing por metro? Kayo na mag-intindi diyan.
And I said I — wala akong tinanong kay Durante, wala lahat. And if it’s a — on their own volition that they… Sabi ko sa kanila tanungin mo sabihin mo wala. Istorya lang ‘yan. And if they ask you questions, ah sabihin ko talaga sa kanila do not answer and maybe even I would not allow them to appear in Congress.” pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte.
Magugunita ipinatatawag ni opposition senator Franklin Drilon si PSG Commander Durante Jesus Durante upang pagpaliwanagin tungkol sa isyu ng pagpapaturok ng covid vaccine.
“The PSG Commander must be called and must appear in the investigation of the Committee of the Whole to shed light on this issue… The most important ‘who’ and ‘how’ of the story remains a mystery. The PSG commander is deliberately withholding the basic questions of who and how from the public… All they give to the public are alibis, excuses and lies. There is more to it that will be revealed to the committee once Brig. Gen. Durante appears in our hearing. The Senate must summon the PSG commander,” boladas ni Drilon.