(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 09 December 2021) Shear Line affecting the eastern section of Visayas. Northeast Monsoon affecting Luzon. Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte will have Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Shear Line. Possible landslide during heavy to at time intense rain. Agusan del Norte ug Surigao del Sur will have cloudy skies with scattered raishower and thunderstorm due to shearline. Possible flashflood or lanslide during moderate to at time heavy rain.The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorm due to Localized thunderstorm. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorm The eastern section of Mindanao will have Moderate to Strong winds coming from Northeast to Northwest with Moderate to Rough coastal waters (1.2 to 4.0 meters). While the rest of Mindanao will have Light to Moderate winds coming from Northeast to Northwest with Slight to Moderate coastal waters / (0.6 to 2.5 meters)./span>

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

President Duterte says VP Robredo’s comment counterproductive, asks public to trust gov’t

Vice President Leni Robredo’s comment on the government’s vaccination campaign is ill-timed and she should shut up if she could not say anything helpful, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said on Monday.

In his weekly public address on government’s COVID-19 interventions, President Duterte said the statement made by the vice president is creating doubts in the mind of the public over the vaccines being rolled out by the government.

Robredo supported the call of some health workers for the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) to review Sinovac Biotech’s CoronaVac vaccine.

“Hindi niya binasa ang batas na recommendatory lang ang HTAC. If the opinion is sought by the secretary of Justice and by other in the medical profession in government,” the President said of the vice president.

The chief executive said the government is in a race against time to save the lives of millions of Filipinos from the coronavirus and any misleading information could discourage people from taking COVD-19 shot.

“Ngayon, we were fighting because time was of the essence. We were fighting against the tide of non-believers na huwag kayong matakot, ganito. Now, here comes the statement na hindi niya --- hindi niya binasa kumpleto ang batas, with just a simple statement, magke-create ka ng doubt,” he said.

The government is doing everything to convince the public that the vaccines are safe and effective and such comment could create uncertainty in people’s minds and eventually opt not to get vaccinated, the President said.

President Duterte explained that the HTAC recommendation is not necessary because Sinovac’s vaccine was not acquired and was given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Rallying support for the government’s immunization program, President Duterte asked the public to trust the administration’s plan of actions.

“Alam mo mga kababayan, isa sa pinakaimportante talaga is maniwala kayo sa gobyerno. At huwag lang basta-basta --- sinabi ko nga sa inyo noon eh, dito kayo makinig sa gobyerno kasi ‘yon ang trabaho namin. Pinapag-aralan muna at bago gagamitin,” he said.

“So I hope that next time kung wala naman siyang masabi na tama, she just would maybe shut up. Siguraduhin niya muna o hindi magbasa siya, siya mismo,” he added.  PND