Bago magtapos ang 2020 ay ibinunyag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na ang mga miyebro ng Presidential Security Group (PSG) ay naturukan na ng bakuna kontra sa covid-19.
Nakukha naman si opposition senator Franklin Drilon ng pagkakataon upang magkasa ng pagdinig sa senado at ipatawag ang security team ni Pangulong Duterte. Ayon sa senador, hindi pa aprubado ng Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ang bakuna kaya dapat magpaliwanag ang PSG.
“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.
Hindi naman nagustuhan ni Pangulong DUterte ang binabalak ni Drilon. Sa kaniyang public address nitong Enero 4, sinabi ng Presidente na magkakaroon ng krisis kung iko-contempt at ikukulong ang PSG dahil mismong siya ang pupunta sa kongreso upang pakawalan ang mga PSG.
“Ako, kasi matagal ako sa Executive, I have always had security beside me noon pa matagal na for 23 years. Another add — another — add another five years. All the — alam ko ang buhay ng security.
So huwag mo silang pakialaman because they’re… Two things may happen: I will ask them to shut up and not to answer any question, and I’m not threatening, please do not cite them in contempt by detaining them, I will not allow it. Pupunta ako diyan sa Congress, kukunin ko sila.
Masyado kayong maa-ano eh. ‘Pag ginawa ninyo ‘yan, there will be a little crisis. Nasa inyo. Ako, I am prepared. I am preferred — preferred — prepared to defend my soldier. I will not allow them for all of their good intentions to be brutalized in a hearing tapos kung ano-ano.
Kaya ‘yan isa. The other one is I might just decide to not allow them, to ignore your summons. So mamili kayo diyan. It’s bad for you? Sorry, I don’t care. It is bad for the country? Maybe. Pagka — basta sabi ko huwag kayong pumunta doon.
Why do you — why do you threaten a person with investigation just because he had something to protect himself for after all until now it is March to March, March pa is the earliest. In the meantime, they have so many things for themselves. They have to mix and for their job, they have to surround me. And how can they perform that duty when they are in danger of getting the COVID? Pati ako mahawa nila. See?
So pinoprotektahan nila ako. Hindi naman ako papayag nagpoprotektar sila sa akin na ipakulong ninyo. Pakialam na… Hayaan mo silang mamatay kung mayroong masama na epekto ‘yung… I don’t know what kind of vaccine but I don’t care, bahala sila, buhay nila ‘yon.
But kung sabihin ng mga iba protecting because… Why would I? Why would not I wait for Domingo to come out? You know why? Hanggang ngayon, at this late day, Pfizer lang — Pfizer lang ang — Pfizer lang ang nag-submit sa FDA. Alam ba ninyo ‘yan na nagkakandahirap na ito si General Galvez looking for one and he has found a light at the end of the tunnel and he says that the earliest is March.
So we started the lockdown March, magma-March na lang bago pa tayo magka-ano. In the meantime, the lives of these people, the lives of my soldiers are placed on jeopardy because a — walang choice eh, trabaho nila ‘yan. If the intelligence people would say, “Go to the crowd and mix with them and maybe look for any hostile attitude or hostile act.”
Ang akin naman nakapalibot, babae’t lalaki, hindi naman makalapit sa akin kasi, “Sir, social distancing.” Oh how can they protect me if they — social distancing? So that is the rule? Well, I’m sorry to say to you, there is always an exception. You can say all the rules in this world and there will always be an exception.
Kagaya ninyo, hindi kayo ma-aresto while in session. Kaya huwag niyong pilitin na magkaroon tayo ng ruckus dito. Anyway, specific ang grupo eh, PSG lang. Hindi naman lahat sibilyan. PSG has a good reason to have it. One is kailangan talaga nila sumiksik doon sa mga tao, mix with the crowd. Every time na nagharap ako it’s about — there are about 20 intelligence guys there in front of me mixing as if they are also part of the… Sa — kaya ganoon.
Maybe I will… Magkahiyaan tayo. I said it’s bad for the country? Maybe. And it is bad for the country and you entertain the idea of maybe getting it? Maybe. And if you — sabi ko huwag niyong i-contempt. Talagang huwag. If they — should they appear in Congress, be careful about threatening a guy forcing him to answer because the answer would really be something like this, “You know, Mr. Congressman, I refuse to answer your question because it might tend to incriminate me.” I will translate it sa bugoy, “Hindi kita sagutin kasi makukulong ako.” Intindihan mo?” pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte.