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‘I want to shoot that crazy thing,’ Duterte says of COVID-19 Omicron variant

/ 11:16 PM November 29, 2021
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President Rodrigo Duterte. (File photo by KING RODRIGUEZ / Presidential Photographers Division)

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday said that he would want to shoot dead the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Dutete said that in jest during a taped televised meeting he convened with medical experts and members of the National National Task Force Against COVID-19.

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“Me, I want to kill that. It’s just that I don’t know where [it is]. I want to shoot that crazy thing,” he said in Filipino.

Then focusing on people who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the president said he would inject them in the head rather than in the arm.

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“In some countries, this is already mandatory,” he said. “Here, the human rights advocates are making noise. So, our first target, we will go their office… I will bring along a doctor. The needle would be injected in your head — not your arm. Really, I’m not joking.”

This is not the first time that Duterte made such a remark during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In one briefing, he joked that people who refuse to get vaccinated should be injected while sleeping.

In another briefing, he also gave a controversial bit of advice to use gasoline as a disinfectant to prevent contracting the virus.

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