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Speaking on pandemic, Duterte jokingly looks for ambulance: Baka meron na ako?

/ 06:42 PM July 26, 2021
As President Rodrigo Duterte began to tout “how well [he] led” the country during the pandemic, he jested about contracting COVID-19.

A screengrab of President Rodrigo Duterte as he delivers his final State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Batasang Pambansa plenary hall.

MANILA, Philippines — As President Rodrigo Duterte began to tout “how well [he] led” the country during the pandemic, he jested about contracting COVID-19 as he jokingly looked for an ambulance during his final State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“I have to admit, back when I decided to answer your call and run for higher office, never did I imagine that my presidency would not only be judged on how I make good with my promises in fighting illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, but how well I led our nation during a global pandemic,” Duterte told lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries and other guests at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City Monday.

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He then mentioned how he could no longer pronounce his words well and started touching his neck to feel for his body temperature.

“Hindi na ako maka-pronounce ng mabuti baka meron na ako. May ambulansya ba diyan [I cannot pronounce well maybe I contracted it. Is there an ambulance there]? Mukhang iba na ang…I cannot pronounce. I hope this is not…asymptomatic,” he added.

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