Ka Leody Against “No Vaccine, No Ride” Policy of Transportation Department
KA LEODY DE GUZMAN – The labor leader and presidential aspirant reacted to the “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The Philippine national government strengthened the measures in several areas in the country amid another surge in the COVID-19 cases. Following the holiday season, an increase in the daily cases recorded in several cities alarmed the authorities.
Furthermore, the spike came amid the threat of the possible spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The authorities place the entire Metro Manila under Alert Level 3. Several areas outside the capital region with a spike in their cases are also under the same curb.
In Metro Manila, the local governments agreed to temporarily implement restrictions on the movement of the unvaxxed residents. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is also pushing for the “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The DOTr is currently on a warning phase of the implementation of the “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy. Its strict implementation is expected in the coming weeks.
The said policy gained different reactions from the public and as well as prominent personalities. Labor leader and presidential aspirant Ka Leody de Guzman is against the “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, Ka Leody said that the government cannot oblige people to get vaccinated especially if they have concerns about the effects of the vaccine. He claimed that the policy is really the trademark of the Duterte type of leadership.
“Ang kanyang paraan ng pamumuno ay pananakot, pamwemwersa, blackmail,” he said.
Aside from Ka Leody, Cebu Governor Gwen Garcia is also against the “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy. She claimed that it is “anti-poor” and that the choice of the persons must be respected since it was not made mandatory. According to her, they will not implement it in Cebu but instead make sure that the health protocols are observed inside the public vehicles.
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