Duterte’s ‘no vaccines, no VFA’ statement unfortunate – Lacson

““No vaccines, no VFA!” Treating the Americans like a bunch of yokels might have sealed our fate to settle for China’s Sinovac in lieu of the US-made Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines,” Senator Ping Lacson said in a statement.

This is after President Rodrigo Duterte notified the United States government that if it cannot provide at least 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine the abrogation of Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which was suspended twice, will push through.

“Such a pronouncement from the President is at the very least, unfortunate. I think there could be a more diplomatic or at least a better way of asking a longtime ally to help us avail of the vaccines for our people without sounding like we are blackmailing our way into it,” Senator Lacson added.

“What is more unfortunate is that we had a good chance to procure vaccines early from the US, but someone from our side dropped the ball, and has yet to be held accountable up to this day,” the senator added.