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.