The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said during a pre-recorded televised public address that people who were not willing to get vaccinated will be arrested. He asked the vaccine decliners to “go to India if you want or somewhere, to America”. The Philippines is among the worst-hit countries in Southeast Asia in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
While addressing the nation, President Rodrigo Duterte said, “Don’t get me wrong. There is a crisis being faced in this country. There is a national emergency. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, I will have you arrested. And I will inject the vaccine in your butt. You are pests. We are already suffering and you’re adding to the burden.”
“So all you Filipinos listening, watch out. Don’t force my hand into it. I have a strong arm for that. Nobody likes it. But if you won’t get vaccinated, leave the Philippines. Go to India or somewhere — to America. But as long as you are here and you are a human being that can carry the virus, get yourself vaccinated,” the president said.
Rodrigo Duterte further threatened vaccine decliners with a dose of ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug used to treat animals.
“These are the stupid people who don’t like to be vaccinated. And they are really the carriers, you know. They can travel from one place to another and carrying the virus and contaminating other people. You people who don’t like to get vaccinated, I’ll have injected with a vaccine for pigs— this ivermectin. That will really kill (the virus), including you,” he said.
Duterte, who has been criticised for his tough approach to containing the virus, stood by his decision not to let schools reopen.
In the same televised address, he took a swipe at the International Criminal Court, after an ICC prosecutor sought permission from the court for a full inquiry into thousands of killings by police in a war on drugs ordered by Duterte.
The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported that the country has registered 4,353 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday. The total number of confirmed cases in the Philippines is 1,372,232. The Southeast Asian country has a population of about 110 million.