Rama to unvaxxed barangay officials: ‘Shape up or ship out’

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Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama told barangays captains and other barangay officials to “shape up or ship out,” as he urged them to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Rama made the statement after DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño asked unvaccinated village chiefs to either resign or take a leave of absence.

“If you cannot show your leadership, what is going to happen? You have to be part of the program of the government, otherwise, there is a better statement to that – shape up or ship out,” the mayor said. (

He also directed lawyer Gerry Carillo, chairman of the city’s disaster council, to check on the vaccination status of barangay captains.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier directed the inventory of unvaccinated individuals at the barangay level starting with barangay captains.