MANILA, Philippines – Vaccine Island Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. publicly asked for statements on Friday recently against senators in light of a Senate inquiry into the Covid-19 vaccination plan.
“I would like to publish any of my statement, which I begged. I apologize if I have offended your feelings,” Galvez told the Senators, the Chamber opened the third hearing of the national vaccine program.
Last week, Senator Panfilo Lacson took over Galvez because he “practically accused” some senators of “demonizing vaccine developers or damaging our government’s ongoing negotiations with vaccine manufacturers and suppliers who apparently refer to Sinovac.”
Lacson said Thursday that the vaccination island had personally apologized for his remarks at Wednesday’s late meeting.
Respect for Senate oversight
At Friday’s hearing, Galvez also expressed his respect for the chamber’s oversight role as he reviewed the government’s vaccination program.
“I would also like to prove that we recognize and respect the Senate’s oversight responsibilities because we all have the same goal, which is to ensure that Filipinos have access to safe, effective and cost-effective vaccines,” he said.
“I sincerely appreciate the role of the Senate in helping us explain to our compatriots the complex process involved in negotiating and procuring vaccines for the country,” he added.
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