PNP to review charges vs 'vaccine for sale' whisteblower
Health workers and other members of vaccine proriority groups receive their second shot of Sinovac's COVID-19 jab at Marikina Elementary School on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
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PNP to review charges vs 'vaccine for sale' whisteblower

(Philstar.com) - June 10, 2021 - 9:26pm

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police on Thursday said it will now review the charges it filed against a woman who exposed a scheme for selling COVID-19 vaccination slots. 

Nina Ellaine Dizon-Cabrera told ANC today she is considering counter-charges against the PNP for including her in those allegedly behind the scheme. 

Directors of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Anti-Cybercrime Group have since been told to review the raps filed before the Mandaluyong Prosecutor's office.

PNP chief Guillermo Eleazar said it was to check if there were lapses in the investigation and in the preparation of the charges. 

On Wednesday, he cited intel from the ACG that Cabrera had offered 50 to 100 vaccination slots in Mandaluyong City through her social media page. 

The whistleblower is a businesswoman, and owns and manages a cosmetics brand. She posted on Twitter in May of an individual who offered her slots, but said she turned it down.

Cabrera said no one in the PNP reached out to her, and only learned that she was included through news reports. 

"We will fight these charges because they are false," she said.

In a statement, Eleazar said he read Cabrera's comments on social media, and was informed too of her interview on the issue. 

"I assure Ms. Dizon-Cabera that I will personally monitor the progress of my order," he added, "and to correct if there are things that need correcting in the interest of truth and justice regarding this ‘vaccine/vaccine slot for sale’ controversy." — Christian Deiparine with reports from Franco Luna

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