- Columnist Ramon “Mon” Tulfo dropped a bombshell today when he revealed PNP Chief Debold Sinas is already vaccinated against COVID-19
- He said that even if Sinas got the infection, he will not die because he already received the injection last year
- Tulfo also claimed that he also got the injection along with the PNP Chief
- The columnist claimed that they received the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine along with Presidential Security Group personnel
Ramon “Mon” Tulfo today revealed that he, along with PNP Chief Debold Sinas and several others from the PSG, already received the vaccine against COVID-19 last year.
Tulfo, who was the former Philippine special envoy to China, made the revelation in his column in The Manila Times.
The columnist said he and the PNP Chief received the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in November of 2020.
In a Philippine Star report, the PNP, through its spokesperson refuted Tulfo's claims. "Our chief simply said that if he had his vaccine, he could not have been infected with COVID-19," said PNP Spokesperson Police Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana.
It can be recalled that the PSG received a lot of flak last year for receiving the said vaccine, which was allegedly smuggled in from China.
At the time, the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the body responsible for approving the use of medicines in the country, has not yet granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for any vaccine brand.
President Rodrigo Duterte himself disclosed that some PSG personnel were already vaccinated against COVID-19, throwing the entire organization in hot water.
“Sinas will not die of the dreaded virus infection. Sinas will survive because he got injected with the Sinopharm vaccine along with this columnist in November last year,” Tulfo revealed in his column.
He also said that the PNP Chief’s security escorts and Presidential Security Group members likewise received the Sinopharm vaccine.
The columnist then said that while he is not a fan of the PNP Chief, he believes Sinas should be excused for his lapses in observing proper health protocol as the general thought he is already immune.
“Let’s give the guy a break once in a while. He is doing his best,” Tulfo wrote.
In a follow up report by GMA News Network, PNP Chief Debold Sinas himself denied Tulfo's claim. In a letter sent to reporters also today, Gen. Sinas said he would not have become positive if he is immune. “If I had the vaccine, I should have not [been] infected with COVID-19 today,” Gen. Sinas said.
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In December 2020, President Duterte revealed that some members of the military already received COVID-19 vaccine from Chinese manufacturer, Sinopharm despite the vaccine not yet officially approved by the FDA and the DOH. A few days later, it was revealed that some members of the Presidential Security Group had also been vaccinated. According to Brig. Gen. Jesus Durante III, the members of the PSG were already vaccinated as early as September 2020 and Duterte said that the personnel vaccinated themselves within the compound.
Last year, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed that the COVID-19 vaccines received by the Presidential Security Group entered the country illegally. The vaccines that Lorenzana was referring to were the Sinopharm vaccines that were used on the PSG. Lorenzana said that they are illegal because they are not authorized to enter the country.
Because of the scandal, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also received backlash from netizens, including known personalities, regarding his statement that the smuggled vaccines should be considered as ‘tokens.’ The issue is about the illegal vaccination of PSG personnel using smuggled vaccines. One of the critics was Dr. Tony Leachon who explained why those vaccines cannot be considered as tokens.
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