Statement of the Department of the Interior and Local Government

March 25, 2021

Usec. Bernardo Florece, Jr.

The President has directed this Department to investigate the local chief executives who were inoculated ahead of some medical frontliners. We have issued Show Cause Orders to them and we await their response as part of the due process. We will act on the basis of their responses to the Order.

In the meantime, we hereby advise all governors, mayors, and other local government officials to refrain from getting inoculated ahead of the medical frontliners and strictly follow the prioritization list approved by the DOH. The intent of the national government is that all our medical frontliners must be vaccinated first because we need to protect our health care system first and foremost.