Gibo gets 2nd dose, meets with Sara in Davao

Edith Regalado - The Philippine Star
Gibo gets 2nd dose, meets with Sara in Davao
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro answer questions from reporters at the Mintal Comprehensive High School yesterday in this photo courtesy of the Davao City information office.
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DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Former defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro flew to this city yesterday to meet with President Duterte’s daughter Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and get his second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19.

Teodoro came with his wife Monica and former Camarines Sur congressman Rolando Andaya.

Both wearing green COVID-themed t-shirts, Carpio accompanied Teodoro at the Mintal Comprehensive High School in Barangay Central for his second dose of China-made Sinovac.

Carpio said Teodoro could help boost the government’s vaccination program.

“Importante sa akin na nandito si sir Gibo kasi kung wala siya, wala rin kayo (media), hindi maha-highlight ‘yung pagbabakuna,” the mayor told reporters.

Teodoro received his first dose, also in this city, on June 3.

Reacting to criticisms that Teodoro was vaccinated here even though he is not a resident, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire had earlier said the immunization of non-residents could be allowed by those implementing the vaccination program.

Vergeire said the DOH is ”not very strict” with regard to geographic limitation compared to the prioritization framework.

Asked by reporters yesterday on their political plans, both Carpio and Teodoro were mum, particularly on their rumored tandem in next year’s presidential elections.

Carpio said she is not afraid of any black propaganda, noting that ”I have nothing to hide.”

Andaya had earlier said there was growing support among congressmen and local chief executives for the tandem of Carpio and Teodoro in next year’s elections.

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