Duterte Insists Gasoline Can Be Alternative to Alcohol as Disinfectant

Pres. Duterte Not Joking When Saying Gasoline Can Be Use as Disinfectant

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that he was not joking around when he says gasoline can be alternative to alcohol as a disinfectant.

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Duterte said at a briefing with Cabinet officials in Malacañang Thursday, gasoline can be alternative to alcohol. Duterte also slams some Filipinos who criticized him for his suggestions.

“Sabi nila itong si Duterte loko-loko, gago. Kung loko-loko ako, ikaw na sana ang na-presidente, hindi ako,” he said in his address aired on state-run PTV on Friday.

“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,” he added.

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Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and the Department of Health clarifies Duterte’s statement that face masks can be disinfected through gasoline. They claimed that the President was only joking around when he said that.

Duterte, however, said that he was not joking, based on the report of GMA News. “Akala ninyo nagbibiro lang ako pero sa totoo hindi rin ako nagbibiro. You try to go inside my brain,” the President said.

Surgical and N95 masks are for single use only, but the public can wash their cloth mask for disinfection and use them again, according to Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire.

Wearing face masks nowadays is very important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The government mandates the wearing of face masks and implements a set of charges if a person was caught not wearing a face mask and not properly wearing it.

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