Parents vs. jabs find an ally in VP Duterte – PAO
Parents who have a petition pending in a Quezon City Regional Trial Court against Covid-19 vaccination, particularly for minors aged 5 to 11, have found an ally in the Vice President and Secretary of the Ministry of Education (DepEd) Sara Duterte-Carpio, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) said Tuesday.
PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, interviewed by The Manila Times, said parents temporarily breathed a sigh of relief with the vice president’s previous announcement allowing unvaccinated students to mingle with vaccinated students when face-to-face classes would resume on November 2.
Rueda-Acosta said, however, that it remains vital that the petition filed by several parents, led by radio journalist Dominic Almelor of Quezon City and Girlie Samonte of Tondo, Manila, be favorably decided by the Quezon City court for stop mass vaccination of children ages 5 to 11, which they called unconstitutional.
“A favorable court ruling is required for this experimental vaccination against Covid-19, especially for our innocent children, to be discontinued and that is very clear under Republic Act (RA) 11525 or the” program vaccination against Covid-19 “”, she said.
The head of the PAO praised the vice president’s swift action, saying the latter was only right because she based her statement on what the law dictates.
“The PAO and parent-applicants were pleased with Secretary DepEd’s order as their children can now attend the face-to-face lessons which will begin [in] November without requiring them to be vaccinated,” Rueda-Acosta said.
“His statement is in line with RA 11525, which states that vaccination is not compulsory, and which is the opposite of what the Ministry of Health and former DepEd leaders had pushed,” he said. she declared.
Duterte-Carpio said she sees no problem mixing students inside classrooms “because when they’re outside, in their respective homes, in malls, in churches, and on transportation in common, the pupils mix, whether they are vaccinated or not”.
PAO had previously sought the support of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on the law – RA 11525 – which did not allow experimental forced vaccination for children, especially those between the ages of 5 and 11.