DUTERTE TO DUQUE: ANSWER LOCSIN’S ALLEGATION ON MISMANAGED PFIZER DEAL
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was asked by the Philippine President Rodrigo
to respond to the accusation that his failure to sign certain documents bungled a deal to bring millions of Pfizer vaccine doses to the country by January.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Thursday, December 17 said,
“Last night, the President told Secretary Duque to answer the allegations by Secretary Locsin.”
It was Roque admitted that he’d brought up the issue because he felt the President needed to resolve conflicting statements by his foreign secretary, Teodoro Locsin Jr, and Duque.
Roque said, the President made no conclusion or judgement on who of his Cabinet members were right or wrong.
Duterte supposedly did not appear outwardly outraged by Duque during the meeting.
“I think from the overall demeanor of the President, he didn’t see any major lapse because we’re talking about a contract and he knows Secretary Duque is not a lawyer.”
The spokesman also said that if the claims against Duque were true “no damage was done” because “we will still get vaccines from Pfizer” which are expected to arrive in the “2nd or 3rd quarter” of 2021.