Pacquiao on ‘no vaccine, no ride': Respect people's right to choose

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Pacquiao on ‘no vaccine, no ride’: Respect people’s right to choose
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Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday called on the  government to give the people the right to choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 amid the implementation of the “no vaccine, no ride” policy.

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“Karapatan nila na ‘yan. Respetuhin natin yung karapatan nilang piliin yung huwag magpa-vaccinate. Sarili naman nila ang ma-endanger kung sakali mahawaan sila,” Pacquiao said in an interview with the reporters.

(That is their right. Let us respect their right to choose not to get vaccinated. Their lives are the ones put in danger if they get infected.)

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“Pero huwag natin alisin yung karapatan ng tao pumili; ‘yun yung pinaglalaban natin na yung mga unvaccinated eh bigyan natin sila ng kalayaan na magdesisyon sa sarili nila,” he added.

(Let us not take away people’s right to choose; that is what we are fighting for, that the unvaccinated are given the freedom to decide for themselves.)

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The senator said he is planning to file a resolution against the transport policy.

“Pinaplano pa lang namin kung mag-file ako ng resolution sa Senate or mag-release ako ng video para kausapin o makiusap sa gobyerno at taong bayan huwag natin pilitin yung karapatan ng bawat isa,” he said.

(We are planning whether I will file a resolution in the Senate or release a video to appeal to the government and the public not the restrict their rights.)

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade issued Department Order No. 2022-001, which allows public transportation access only to fully vaccinated individuals.

A full vaccination status can be proven by either physical or digital copies of local government unit-issued vaccine card, Department of Health-issued vaccine certification, or any Inter-Agency Task Force-prescribed document with valid government-issued ID with picture and address.

After outcry against the policy—with one commuter breaking down in tears, frustrated over not being allowed to ride due to her being partially vaccinated—the government granted unvaccinated and partially vaccinated workers 30 days from January 26 to ride public transport. 

Campaign period

Pacquiao also said he will continue to visit different areas of the country during the campaign period.

He vowed to follow the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF) health guidelines as a safety precaution amid the COVID-19 threat.

“Yung pangangampanya susundin pa rin natin yung IATF at sumunod tayo sa rules at mangangampanya tayo sa abot ng ating makakaya. I-maximize natin yung effort natin para magamit o malubos natin yung panahon na natitira dito sa pangangampanya,” he said.

(While campaigning we will still follow the IATF and we will follow the rules. We will maximize our efforts to use or spend the time left for the campaign period.)

“Challenge yung magiging rules ng IATF sa panahon ng pangangampanya pero mas maganda na makaikot tayo para marinig tayo ng mga tao, talagang yung mga walang cellphone, hindi nag-social media,” he added.

(The IATF rules will be a challenge during the campaign, but it is better that we go around so that people can hear us, those who don’t have mobile phones and don’t use social media.)

The campaign period for candidates running for national posts starts on February 9, 2022. The campaign period for local candidates, on the other hand, starts on March 9, 2022.

The 2022 national and local elections will be held on May 9, 2022. — BM, GMA News

This article Pacquiao on ‘no vaccine, no ride’: Respect people’s right to choose was originally published in GMA News Online.

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