Duterte eyes buying vaccine first from Russia, China

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“We cannot be complacent. I said by December there will be some I think trials. Now, ganito ha, if the vaccine of Russia and China are equally good and effective, just like any other vaccine invented by any country, I will buy first,” President Rodrigo Duterte said during his talk to people aired September 14.

“But then alam mo I hope that the Chinese and Russian government that when we buy, we have to go into a bidding. So the Russian and the pharmaceutical companies of China can very well join us,” he explained.

“The only country that offered to help initially and said, “Do not worry when we invent one, we’d give you” was Russia then China. China naman, the one good thing about China is you do not have to beg, you do not have to plead,” he added.

He said that “in other countries, they want cash advance bago tayo deliver-an ng vaccine. Eh kung ganun, patay tayong lahat. Every Filipino will die I can assure you.”

“That’s one thing wrong about the Western countries — it’s all profit, profit, profit. There’s a pandemic and you say that, “Okay we have the — we have something for sale or something to sell to you.” And marinig mo, maligaya ka only to be — only to collapse when the next sentence is said “pero magbayad kayo ng cash advance bago kami magpadala”,” he noted.

“Bakit ako magbili ng ganung style? Because the Procurement Law of the Philippines, this country, does not allow you to buy something which is non-existence or to be produced as yet,” he added. “If the companies are here or representatives, mag-uwi na kayo sa inyo. ‘Pag hindi, sipain ko kayo kung makita ko kayo diyan sa ano. If I happened to have dinner outside and see you somewhere in the hotels, I’ll kick your ass. Babastusin ko kayo. Umuwi kayo doon sa inyo, mag-yawyaw (nag) kayo.”