|A photo of human hands making an injection with a syringe. (Photo from Inquirer)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA — A law or local ordinance is needed to warrant the arrest of people who do not want to get the vaccine against the deadly COVID-19, Malacañang said Tuesday,PH Inquirer reported. According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the country’s jurisprudence allows the government to compel mandatory vaccination but that such action would still need a law or ordinance to provide for the punishment of people unwilling to get jabbed against the disease.
"Under the jurisprudence of the Philippines and America, the government can implement compulsory vaccination but it needs a legal basis so it needs either an ordinance or a law that would provide for the punishment of those who refuse to get vaccinated," he said in a Palace briefing. The Palace official also said the State has an inherent police power to implement policies, even if it could violate certain rights, to protect public health.
Roque added that the Executive branch could easily ask Congress to draft a law on the matter but he said President Rodrigo Duterte hopes it does not come to that point. Duterte earlier threatened to have individuals who refuse to get COVID-19 vaccines arrested. Roque then said Duterte only made the threat to “emphasize what the state can do.”