- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque explained the recent controversial advice of President Rodrigo Duterte on the use of gasoline as a disinfectant
- Roque said that it was just a joke and even chided Filipinos that by now everyone must know or be familiar with the President's behavior
- Dismissing the president's suggestion, he then added, why would people wash with gasoline
- The President said that the face masks could be reused once they are disinfected using alcohol or even gasoline
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque goes on another explain mode. This time around, he gave justification to the controversial statement of President Rodrigo Duterte where he talked about using gasoline as a disinfectant.
According to Roque, the statement on gasoline by the President was "joke only."
"Kayo naman apat na taon na si Presidente, parang hindi niyo pa kilala si Presidente. Joke only! Bakit naman tayo maghuhugas ng gasolina," said Roque during a televised press briefing Thursday.
It can be recalled that during a speech on Tuesday, Duterte said that he would try to provide free face masks especially to those who could not afford to buy one.
The President also claimed, as per Inquirer, that face masks could be reused once they are disinfected. He then pointed out using alcohol or even gasoline.
Like Roque, the spokesperson of the Department of Health Maria Rosario Vergeire also defended the President's statement as a "joke."
"Alam niyo naman kapag nagsasalita si Presidente baka mga jokes niya lang ‘yun especially for gasoline," she said.
The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
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