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Roque says ‘no vax no ride’ policy constitutional

Harry Roque - Presidential Spokesperson

Senatorial aspirant and former Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government’s “no vaccination, no ride policy” does not contravene the constitution or infringe human rights, contrary to the position of some elected officials.

Roque, an international law expert, said: “The 1987 Constitution vests police power on the Philippine President to uphold the public health of Filipinos. In many of its rulings, the Supreme Court has recognized these inherent police power invested to the State.”

Roque said the policy is not discriminatory and that “unvaccinated individuals can still take private vehicles so that the lives and well-being of the greater majority are not compromised.”

Roque advised, “Everyone in the executive department must support the President’s call for every Filipino unequivocally to get vaccinated against Covid 19. If civil servants are expressly against President’s policy, then they have the option to leave government service.”

The healthcare and human rights advocate principally authored the Universal Health Care law, which has enabled the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program and free PCR test for medical frontliners. He also authored the National Aids Law, which provides free HIV medication and lowers HIV-testing consent to 15 years old.

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