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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte arrives late for the AstraZenica vaccines arrival ceremony

Netizens criticize the President’s tardiness.

President Rodrigo Duterte was two hours late for the arrival ceremony of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The ceremony is for the welcoming of the country’s first shipment of vaccines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and COVAX facility.

According to Duterte’s official schedule from Malacanang, he was supposed to be at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City at 7:30 PM to attend the ceremony on March 4. The vaccines arrived around 7:20 PM of the same night at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

But the president didn’t arrive until two hours later at around 9:30 PM.

Several diplomats waited for Duterte including European Union (EU) Ambassador Luc Veron and British Ambassador Daniel Pruce as well as Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe who is the WHO Representative to the Philippines.

Netizens criticized the president’s tardiness as he was on time during the arrival of the 600,000 Sinovac vaccine doses from China which arrived last February 28.

Someone described the president’s actions as “disrespectful” as he made other notable individuals wait for him for two hours.

A Twitter user said that Duterte should be ashamed.

Others played around the placement of the word “late” which can mean two different things.

“The ‘late’ president duterte has a nice ring to it,” a netizen wrote.

Another pointed out how WHO was the one that donated and delivered the doses but the president can’t even appear at the ceremony on time.

Someone then said that Duterte’s late appearance may result in the delay of other deliveries to be made by WHO.

A total of 487,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived that night.

Written by J M

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