By Joseph Pedrajas | Manila Bulletin
The camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, backed the decision of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to enforce a “no vaccination, no ride” in public transportations in the country.
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos Jr.’s spokesman, said the DOTr’s move “is certainly founded on sufficient valuable data that are available in its possession.”
Rodriguez said it is “but a necessary consequence” as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose again and even reached a record-high.
However, he clarified that “as much as we sincerely adhere and agree to these enhanced restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated persons,” the government must also further expand and bring the national vaccination program against COVID-19 “closer to the people, if possible, to their very doorsteps.”
“Our people need to have jobs and to work for them to bring food on their table, send children to school and provide for other essential family needs but at the same time we recognize the government’s tough act of balancing the scales of health and economy,” Rodriguez added.