- President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his gratitude for the support of Chinese President Xi Jinping amid the COVID-19 crisis
- President Duterte said that he received a note from the Chinese President about extending his support to the Philippines
- The Philippine President also downplayed the reports that the coronavirus was invented in China
- Duterte mentioned that China and other foreign companies are developing treatments to fight COVID-19
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his appreciation to Chinese President Xi Jinping for China's support to the Philippines during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
KAMI learned that President Duterte received a note from the Chinese President extending his support.
In a report by GMA News Online, President Duterte also downplayed the speculations that the coronavirus originated in China.
“I have a sort of a note from President Xi Jinping expressing his full support for us at this time and citing what we did not hurt China and of course to erase, not really to erase, but to counter the malign they were suffering at this stage,” Duterte said.
“Hindi naman nila kasalanan galing ‘yung… Who would really want to invent a microbe to kill humankind pati yung iyo?” he continued.
“I’d like to thank President Xi Jinping for his support. Kung galing lang sa China, wala kayong problema. I think we can have priority any time,” the President added.
As reported by ABS-CBN News, Duterte also mentioned that China and other foreign companies are developing treatments or antibodies to combat COVID-19.
“It’s in the other country producing the antibodies, but if China catches up with them, eh 'di okay na. Maybe a miracle will happen and civilization is back on its feet, that is how I see it,” he said.
In a previous report by KAMI, the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a total of 4,932 COVID-19 cases in the country, as of April 13, 2020.
The coronavirus disease or COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan, China. As of now, there are more than 1.8 million cases of COVID-19 across the globe.
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