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‘Have Some Drops’: Duterte Recommends Using Gasoline as a Cleaning Disinfectant

The Philippines’ President Duterte is known for making some controversial remarks that tend to hang in the air for years. His recent rant relates to the cleaning of face masks; wearing them in public has been mandatory throughout the country since April.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that he was not joking about using gasoline as a disinfectant for protective masks in the absence of other cleaning agents, a statement he uttered last week, according to Reuters. Many did not take the president’s words as a legitimate suggestion at that time, especially after his spokesman Harry Roque explained during a press conference last week that Duterte’s words were just a joke. But the president has since clarified that his advice should actually be taken seriously.

“For those of you who don’t really understand, I’m not joking, that’s true, you thought I was just joking but in fact I am not joking,” Duterte said in Filipino during a televised address that was aired on PTV4 on Friday.

“Just go to the gasoline station, and then have some drops, that’s disinfectant”, the president said, according to Reuters translation.

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