Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta appealed to local government units not to discriminate against individuals unvaccinated against COVID-19 amid restrictions imposed by the government on their mobility.
In a video message posted on her Facebook page, Acosta said there’s no law yet mandating vaccination so people should be able to decide for themselves whether or not to get vaccinated.
“Ako po si PAO Chief Persida Rueda Acosta, nakikiusap, huwag po nating i-discriminate ang unvaccinated. Wala pa pong mandate ang mandatory vaccination, wala pong batas,” she said.
“Huwag po natin silang i-deprive ng trabaho nila, parang awa niyo na, sapagkat makakagawa po kayo ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao kapag ang unvaccinated ay idi-discriminate niyo para lamang mapuwersa silang magpabakuna,” Acosta added.
The PAO chief said only an individual can decide if he or she should get the COVID-19 jab.
“Parang awa niyo na po. Mga barangay, huwag po tayo basta basta gumawa ng marahas laban sa mga kababayan natin. Bigyan po natin sila ng karapatan na ingatan din ang kanilang sariling katawan. Maging patas po tayo,” she said.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered barangay chiefs to “restrain” unvaccinated individuals from going out of their homes except for essential purposes. They are also asked to submit an inventory of people who have yet to get the COVID-19 jab in their communities.
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