Mayor Sara not keen on restricting entry, services for unvaxxed people

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is not keen on imposing entry restrictions to public buildings and availing of government services for unvaccinated people.

Mayor Sara, however, leaves it to the discretion of business owners to set rules on the entry of unvaccinated individuals to their establishments.

During the Special Hours with Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte on the Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday, the city chief executive said the city government can not implement entry restrictions to unvaccinated individuals.

“I am pro vaccination gyud, and boosters. Pero in this case, dili gyud ko maka-agree with the exclusion or restriction with the unvaccinated. Tungod kay they were given the freedom to choose. Kung wala to sila gitagaan sa freedom nga mopili nga dili magpabakuna, then pwede ra gyud nato na sila ikulong diha sa ilang balay. But gitagaan man nato sila og freedom, so ngano sila palisdan pud. (I am pro vaccination and boosters. In this case I cannot agree with the exclusion or restriction of the unvaccinated because they were given freedom to choose. If they are not given the freedom to choose not to be vaccinated, then we can just lock them up in their house. Since they are given freedom, why should they suffer from restrictions),” she said.

She also cited the government’s decision not to make the vaccination mandatory yet.

“Para sa akoa as city mayor, the government did not make it mandatory ang vaccination nato tanan. Therefore, people we’re given a choice: kung magpabakuna sila or dili. Karon, katong nagpili nga dili sila magpabakuna, they should not be discriminated. Kay gitagaan man sila’g choice (For me as city mayor, the government did not make the vaccination mandatory for all. Therefore, people are given a choice of whether they will be vaccinated or not. Those who opt not to be vaccinated should be vaccinated because they are given a choice),” the mayor said.

The issue of implementing restrictions on unvaccinated people in Davao City came after Metro Manila started implementing restrictions following a surge of the Covid-19 cases. CIO