Philippines’ Duterte threatens to jail those who refuse COVID-19 vaccine

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By Reuters

June 22, 2021 | 8:08am | Updatedhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.468.0_en.html#goog_139684666

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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to jail people who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Philippines battles one of Asia’s worst outbreaks, with over 1.3 million cases and more than 23,000 deaths.

“You choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed,” Duterte said in a televised address on Monday following reports of low turnouts at several vaccination sites in the capital, Manila.

Duterte’s remarks contradict those of his health officials who have said that while people are urged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it was voluntary.

“Don’t get me wrong, there is a crisis in this country,” Duterte said. “I’m just exasperated by Filipinos not heeding the government.”

As of June 20, Philippine authorities had fully vaccinated 2.1 million people, making slow progress towards the government’s target to immunize up to 70 million people this year in a country of 110 million.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told people, "vaccine or I will have you jailed."
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told people, “vaccine or I will have you jailed.”

Duterte, who has been criticized for his tough approach to containing the virus, also stood by his decision not to let schools reopen.

In the same address, he took a swipe at the International Criminal Court, after an ICC prosecutor had sought permission from the court for a full inquiry into the drug war killings in the Philippines.

A man receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Navotas City, the Philippines.
A man receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Navotas City, the Philippines.

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Duterte, who in March 2018 canceled the Philippines’ membership in the ICC’s founding treaty, repeated he will not cooperate with the probe, describing the ICC as “bulls–t”.

“Why would I defend or face an accusation before white people. You must be crazy,” said Duterte, who, after winning the presidency in 2016, unleashed an anti-narcotics campaign that has killed thousands.

Human rights groups say authorities have summarily executed drug suspects, but Duterte maintains those who were killed violently were resisting arrest.

Sought for comment, ICC spokesperson Fadi El Abdallah said: “The Court is an independent judicial institution, and does not comment on political statements.”

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