The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, recommended to the public this Friday to clean their masks with gasoline, and assured his advisers, who on other occasions have said that the President “jokes” when he makes such statements, he says of all seriousness.
“Critics say ‘Duterte is crazy.’ You’re idiots. If I’m crazy, the president should be you, not me. ‘I’ve said it before and I’m repeating it because it’s true: if there is no alcohol, especially for poor people, go to one Gas station and use it to disinfect the masks, “said the President in the comments collected by the BBC.
Duterte made similar statements last week when he suggested industrial disinfectants and diesel to wash the fabric. His spokesman, Harry Roque, said quickly that the president was joking. “I can’t believe that after four years as president, you still don’t know him,” Roque told the Philippine news portal Rappler at the time.
Remember that there is absolutely no evidence that gasoline can disinfect masks and that it is a toxic and flammable liquid.