MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno, last week, called on the public, especially the residents of Manila, not to fall prey to those offering purported COVID-19 vaccines in exchange for gargantuan amounts of up to P20,000 or P30,000 each.
Moreno urged the public to wait for a legitimate anti-coronavirus vaccine that is safe and certified effective by regulatory agencies, particularly the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Health (DOH).
“Lahat ng nababalitaan nyo dito, kung meron man na nagbabakuna, eh peke ‘yun. Delikado para sa kalusugan ninyo. Baka imbes na gumaling kayo, bumula ang mga bibig nyo ma-tolongges kayo diyan. Di totoo ‘yan. Intayin po natin ‘yung sertipikado at napatunayan ng mga siyentipiko at ahensiya na ligtas at epektibo na bakuna,” Moreno stressed.
He also vowed that those behind such unauthorized vaccinations will be arrested, charged and jailed should evidence warrant as he urged the public to wait for the vaccine that will be provided by the national government which will be supplemented by the local government in the case of Manila, saying such will not only be safe but even free.
Moreno said that under the Local Government Code, the city government is bound to protect the welfare of its citizens.