Spain’s top military officer (equivalent to our AFP chief of staff) recently quit his post after being accused of “jumping the vaccination line” which angered millions of his countrymen who had gotten wind of it.
Simply put, he had used his power and position to get himself vaccinated ahead of others more deserving in high-risk groups such as healthcare workers, the elderly and the sick.
According to wire reports, Gen. Miguel Angel Villaroya, chief of defense staff, resigned after being asked by Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles to explain why he was being lambasted in the media for allegedly violating coronavirus vaccination protocol, together with other high-ranking military officers.
His action, it was posited, had irreparably damaged the public image of the nation’s Armed Forces.
When the pandemic started in Spain last year, public respect for the military was sky-high because Villaroya, who was their spokesman during daily media briefings, detailed how troops were busy cleaning nursing homes and caring for the elderly residents.