Sobejana will be the 55th AFP chief. He will reach the mandatory retirement age on July 31.
“Sabi nga niya dahil sa puwet siya magpapasaksak so hindi pupuwedeng public,” he said in a virtual presser.
The United States has confirmed the first case of a coronavirus variant that emerged in Brazil adding to the two other recently discovered variants that worries scientists due to their high transmissibility and ability to evade the body’s immune system lessening the efficacy of vaccines.
Duterte said precaution was necessary as the threat of the new and more infectious UK coronavirus strain now looms in the country.
“Such gaffe… continues to be a cause for serious concern. Similar lapses, if left unchecked, can put reputations and lives in serious danger,” CHR spokeswoman Jacqueline Ann de Guia said.
“I… suggest that they be more prudent para hindi na po napapa-apologize ang ating Secretary of National Defense,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a virtual presser.
The two patients with the B117 variant were found in La Trinidad, Benguet and Calamba City, Laguna, with no known contact to any Covid-19 patient, and no travel history outside the country.
Sen. Richard Gordon earlier said that saliva-based tests were less expensive, faster and 99-percent effective.
IATF and Palace spokesman Harry Roque said any person below 10 years old and those who are over 65 would be required to remain in their residence “at all times.”
Duterte’s spokesman said he did not know if Duterte would call Biden to personally greet him.
Galvez did not specify the brand of vaccines to be given to the country but said Pfizer vaccines were expected to arrive first.
The Philippines now has 15 reported cases of the UK coronavirus variant after exposure to a 29-year-old Filipino who arrived in the country on January 7 with his girlfriend on a business trip from the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday.
In a statement, the CHR said the government should understand that academic freedom includes the expression of intellectual dissent, and should be respected by the government.
“Tell him Thanks but No Thanks! I wonder what gave him the idea that the senators favor Pfizer,” Senate President Tito Sotto said in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusations that the senators prefer only the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.
So far, the national government has inked deals for more than 70-million vaccine doses with various manufacturers.
Lorenzana on Jan. 15 notified UP President Danilo Concepcion that the agreement, executed on June 30, 1989, was unilaterally terminated.