AFP cancels probe on PSG's use of unregistered COVID-19 vaccines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 5) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday called off its yet to begin fact-finding investigation into the Presidential Security Group's use of smuggled and unregistered COVID-19 vaccines.

The probe was set to start on Tuesday, but it was canceled on the same day after President Rodrigo Duterte defended his close-in security detail for using unregistered drugs sans the approval of the Food and Drug Administration.

"AFP Chief General Gilbert Gapay has called-off the scheduled fact-finding investigation today on the vaccination of some PSG personnel. This comes in the light of the recent pronouncement of the Commander-in-Chief and President Rodrigo Duterte," it said in a statement.

Despite AFP's decision to forego investigation, other government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Bureau of Customs, and the National Bureau of Investigation are looking into how the unregistered COVID-19 vaccines entered the country.

It was revealed that Duterte's security were inoculated with smuggled COVID-19 vaccines as early as September 2020 despite the absence of an FDA-approved vaccine in the country. Duterte said he was not aware of the illegal inoculation, but he is ready to defend his men at all cost — ordering them to skip any legislative investigations.