In this August 3, 2021 article for Manila Bulletin, Genalyn Kabiling reports on the recent announcement made by Malacañang on the recent revocation of the “No Vaccine, No Entry” rule issued earlier by Lapu-Lapu City mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan.
According to Executive Order (EO) 40 issued by Mayor Chan, only the vaccinated can enter “public and private markets, department stores, grocery and convenience stores starting Aug. 25”. The order was supposed to encourage people to get vaccinated while the city was under General Community Quarantine (GCQ). Following backlash on social media, the mayor revoked his own EO.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said that the controversial EO was pulled because Lapu-Lapu City was already under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) which is one of the strictest lockdown classifications in the Philippines. According to Roque, the city mayor also decided to scrap the EO because more residents were already started getting their COVID shots.
Editor’s Note: What this article didn’t say is that there will be a huge pushback in the Philippines if any government unit attempts to implement mandatory vaccination for accessing services. They thought that we, Filipinos were sheeps. What they didn’t realize is that we might be quiet most times, but we know how to fight for our rights. Whoever said being a keyboard warrior made no difference was seriously mistaken. Now imagine how much we can accomplish if we go beyond our keyboards and consciously act against this injustice.
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