Bilyonaryo Enrique “Ricky” K. Razon’s shrugged off critics who called him out for for calling resigned Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) executive director Lucille Karen Malilong-Isberto and the rest of the board “idiots” for their opposition to his plan to donate a mega vaccine facility in the group’s empty property in Paranaque City.
“”I don’t feel anything, I know the truth…I believe in equality and if you are a liar and are saying stupid things, then you are stupid and a liar whether you are a male or female,” Razon said when asked to address criticisms he was war verbally abusive against women.
“No good deed goes unpunished,” said Razon who believed that a mega vaccine facility would benefit the great majority of Filipinos because it would enable the country to achieve herd immunity and stop the P16 billion losses a day from the quarantines.
“The cost of vaccines is immaterial compared to the loss in the economy.. That’s why we have to ramp up vaccination… the more vaccination we do, the faster we get back to normal. The government has to build other vaccination sites, we can’t survive on just one,” he said.
Razon called Malilong-Isberto and the rest of the NPF board “utak talangka” (crab mentality) for going on a media blitz just to block the mega vaccine facility that has been endorsed by Malacanang, Department of Health, Department of Tourism, National Task Force on COVID-19 and the business sector.
“You’ll always have people with a talangka mentality and if you listen to them, you won’t get anything done,” said Razon who was glad Malilong-Isberto resigned after “peddling lies all over the media.”
The biggest lie being spread by Malilong-Isberto’s camp is that the 9.5-hectare reclaimed property has become an “urban forest” that would be killed just for a vaccine facility which could be done in alternative sites.
“There are no real trees, these are just talahib and ipil-ipil which grow in any empty property. These are weeds that grow. If NPF planted one tree, we wouldn’t cut it down, we’re going to build around the area as much as possible,” said Razon.
“The entire site was bulldozed and cleared for a casino and NPF didn’t make a fuss about that since they leased it to a casino,” said Razon referring to the aborted Landing casino deal just three years ago.
President Rdorigo Duterte fired the entire NFP board in 2018 for entering into a long-term lease which was grossly disadvantageous to the government.
Razon is allocating at least P250 million to build the first phase of the temporary mega vaccine facility which could handle an average of 10,000 individuals a day (at 25 minutes each including 15 minutes observation after inoculation).
Just like the Razon-funded mega quarantine facility currently operating on the same property, other business groups are chipping in to the mega vaccine facility – Meralco is offering to provide electricity, Maynilad Water is offering to put up sewage and provide water, and Megaworld is offering its adjacent site as staging point for its construction.
Razon said the NPF property was the most ideal for a mega vaccine facility patterned after similar projects in the United States and Indonesia because of its low foot traffic, wider roads, and access to three major toll roads.
He has already started training for the people who would do the vaccinations, scheduling and other logistics and hoped the facility would be ready in time for the arrival of the seven million Moderna vaccines he ordered ($93 million) by June 21 (the government has ordered an additional 13 million doses).
“Herd immunity doesn’t fall from the sky, you have to do it,” said Razon.