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Netizens urge administration to defund NTF-ELCAC’s anti-insurgency fund for COVID-19 vaccine

Senator Franklin Drilon urged the government to slash NTF-ELCAC’s budget and use the money to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine instead.

  • Netizens pointed out ways that the government could get its budget without having the need to borrow more money. 

Netizens, journalists, and members of the government question the need to borrow money for the COVID-19 vaccine when they can just defund the insurgency fund of the National Task Force to End Local Communist and Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

According to Senator Franklin Drilon during an interview with ANC, the Philippine government would need around Php30 billion to purchase vaccines for the citizens of the Philippines. He added that the government would need at least 60 million Filipinos to be vaccinated for it to achieve herd immunity.

But the following question is: where do we get the mney? Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque stated that if it’s not in the budget, the country will borrow money.

On the other hand, Drilon proposed to slash the Php16 billion anti-insurgency fun of NTF-ELCAC and use the money for the vaccines instead.

A netizen even called the NTF-ELCAC a “bogus agency” as he pushes for its defunding.

Another netizen agreed with Drilon’s sentiment saying that it’s just a simple decision so there is no need to further add to the national debt.

It was pointed out that the government was the one that repeatedly emphasized the need for a vaccine but it also refuses to allocate a budget for it.

Take note that the 2021 budget is Php4.6 trillion.

Another netizen said that the government should just investigate where the Php15 billion PhilHealth money is and use it to buy the vaccine.

On the other hand, a Twitter user also suggested for the administration to just cancel the construction of the new Senate building.

Another one accused some corrupt politicians of pocketing the supposed fund of the NTF-ELCAC.

But not everyone agrees as a netizen asked why others are so opposed to the existence of NTF-ELCAC.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the government prepayment for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. His approval was needed as the Philippine auditing laws prohibit making advance payments for things that have yet to be delivered.

Written by J M

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