PAMPANGA

Pangan: Blind-sided

At Close Range

JUST when the occurrence of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine into our shores was coming into fruition, here comes a shocker that the Sino vaccine has been smuggled into the country!

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra even said that the locally unregistered vaccine was administered to, of all people, the presidential guards who are tasked to provide adequate security to the President of the Philippines.

The Food and Drug Administration has disclosed that it has not approved any candidate vaccine for Covid-19 and so the use of any unregistered vaccine would be illegal. Is that so, Secretary Duque III? Would not the agency backtrack on its pronouncement in order to save face that it was caught sleeping on the job? Just asking.

President Duterte blatantly showed his bias for the China-sourced vaccine and manufactured by Sinopharm by letting his presidential security guards inoculated by the Chinese-made vaccine.

It was intimated that the PSG, through its commander, Brigadier General Jesus Durante, did not seek the President's permission to let the men be vaccinated. So, it a virtual race to get the first shots, never mind the priority list of vaccinees. It is palakasan ng apog to say the least.

It is becoming a free-for-all for the vaccine's recipients. Even the medical frontliners, the supposed first beneficiaries were blind-sided by the PSG men and officers. More irregularities in the distribution of the vaccine are forthcoming mind you.

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In my last visit for the year 2020 (December 31) at SM City Clark, Jerwin Jalandoni, mall manager, accompanied by Jean and Aldrin, narrated their plan to flood the facades of the mall with colorful lights dubbed Beacon of Hope, in order to provide patrons and plain shoppers and the stall owners inspiration and good tidings over the pandemic.

Jerwin, a hydrophonic enthusiast, glowed at the prospect of making every visitor to the mall happy and thinking positive.

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Felicitations are in order for DWRW 95.1 FM, a radio station in Central Luzon, headed by my younger brother Perry R. Pangan. The men and women of DWRW all contributed to the overwhelming success and awards and recognition received from different bodies and organizations the most recent of which is the Paragala's award for it as the best local radio station.

I share with my brother in the elation brought by the prestigious awards.


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