‘I’m not joking’: Philippine President Duterte recommends petrol to clean face masks

MANILA – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (July 31) told his people they should use gasoline as a disinfectant for protective face masks – and stressed that his advice was not a joke.

The outspoken leader last week made a similar remark about using petrol on masks if cleaning agents were unavailable, which his spokesman said was a joke and reminded the public that Mr Duterte often says things in jest.

“What I said is true,” Mr Duterte said during a televised address on Friday. “Just go to the gasoline station, and then have some drops, that’s disinfectant.”

He added: “I am not joking. That is true. You think I am just kidding.”

Mask-faysal testing has since March been mandatory in the Philippines, which has confirmed nearly 90,000 coronavirus infections and more than 2,000 deaths.

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