Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Gilbert Gapay has called off the investigation on the administering of COVID-19 vaccine to Presidential Security Group (PSG) personnel.
“AFP Chief General Gilbert Gapay has called-off the scheduled fact-finding investigation today on the vaccination of some PSG personnel,” the AFP said in a statement.
“This comes in the light of the recent pronouncement of the Commander-in-Chief and President Rodrigo Duterte,” it added.
President Duterte said on January 4 that he is calling “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.”
“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,” he added.
“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,” President Duterte said.