Sotto considers reconvening Senate panel

    The Duterte administration’s plan to raise another ₱25 billion to purchase coronavirus vaccines is becoming a bit brash the Senate might reconvene the Committee of the Whole to have a check.
    At the same time, senators call for transparency on the Government’s procurement transactions of coronavirus vaccines.
    “Based on the arithmetic I did, the ₱107.5 billion is way too much for buying the vaccines needed to achieve herd immunity— unless they know something we don’t. But the bottom line is, it is not their money, it’s the public’s. I can only hope the excess amount will not go to corruption,” says Sen. Panfilo Lacson.

    MANILA — Senate President Vicente Sotto III is considering a reconvening of the Senate’s special panel to look into the administration’s vaccine transactions, as Senator Francis Pangilinan requested.

    The push for the most recent purchase consideration came from Budget Secretary Wendell Avisado, which is on top of the ₱82 billion already allocated for vaccine procurement coursed through the Bayanihan 2 stimulus package or Bayanihan to Recover As One Act.

    The request letter was signed by Senate President pro tempore Ralph Recto, Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Nancy Binay, Leila de Lima, and Risa Hontiveros. (LO/The MiNT)

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