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“It’s not a joke” Prez Duterte insists gasoline is alternative to alcohol as disinfectant

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on July 30, 2020. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Apparently, President Rodrigo Duterte wasn’t joking when he advised the public to disinfect used face masks with diesel or gasoline.

During the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease aired on Friday, Duterte said gas can be an alternative to alcohol.

“Sabi nila itong si Duterte loko-loko, gago. Kung loko-loko ako, ikaw na sana ang na-presidente, hindi ako. Totoo’ yang sinabi ko, alcohol. ‘Pag walang alcohol available hindi ka naman puwede lalo mahirap pupunta ka lang diyan sa gasoline station pagkatapos magpatulo. That’s disinfectant,” the President said.

Earlier, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque dismissed the statement of Duterte saying that it was a “joke.”

Apat na taon na si Presidente, parang hindi ninyo pa kilala si Presidente. Joke only. Bakit naman tayo maghuhugas ng gasolina,” Roque said during a televised press briefing.

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“Akala ninyo nagbibiro lang ako pero sa totoo hindi rin ako nagbibiro. You try to go inside my brain,” Duterte added.

The Department of Health also downplayed the remarks of President Duterte as a joke.

Alam niyo naman kapag nagsasalita si Presidente, baka yung mga joke niya lang iyon. Especially for gasoline,” DOH Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire told reporters during a virtual forum.

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