President Rodrigo Duterte late Tuesday night warned those caught illegally selling COVID-19 vaccines will not go unpunished.
"This is very alarming. We condemn these acts and we will not allow perpetrators to go unpunished," Duterte said during his weekly Talk to the Nation.
"I order every relevant authority to investigate this matter thoroughly and press charges accordingly," he further said.
Duterte reiterated that the vaccines that the national government was using for its immunization program were for free.
COVID-19 vaccines in the country are still under emergency use authorization which means it is not yet allowed for commercial use.
"Government will take care of that. Maski kayong mga ano mahirapan kayo so do not press your luck too far, you might regret it," Duterte said.
Duterte was reacting to a report of three people, including a registered nurse, who were arrested after they allegedly sold illegally Sinovac vaccines in Manila. —NB, GMA News