President Rodrigo Duterte is not sure if his body will be able to recover in case he is hit by COVID-19.
This is the reason, he said, so he is afraid of being hit by such a virus.
“Kapag ako ang tinamaan, sa tanda ko, there is no way of telling, whether I will live to see the light of day the following day. Iyan ang ano diyan,” he said on Monday.
The President called on the public not to be complacent in this pandemic and to remain vigilant against COVID-19
“Iyang sakit na iyan, it is very… I cannot even find the word to describe it. It is very lethal,” he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte received his first shot of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
According to Senator Bong Go, Duterte’s former aid, Duterte got vaccinated against the virus to encourage the Filipinos to get inoculated.
Duterte’s vaccination was streamed live on Facebook. “I feel good and I have been expecting this shot, vaccination a long time ago,” the President said before he received the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine.
Duterte admits fear of acquiring COVID-19
In February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the compassionate use of Sinopharm, a COVID-19 vaccine from China, for President Rodrigo Duterte’s Presidential Security Group (PSG) members.
According to, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the compassionate use will cover 10,000 doses.
Meanwhile, the number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the country has dropped by 11% in the past seven days.
According to Dr. Guido David of OCTA Research the country has recorded only 8,246 average cases of the disease in the past week.
He said this is 11% lower compared to the previous average of 9,253 cases.
However, he clarified that it should not yet be viewed as an effect of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) as he said the result of the existing quarantine status in the NCR Plus areas will still be seen next week.
The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 7,255 new infections of coronavirus disease Monday, bringing the total COVID-19 cases in the Philippines to 1,062,225 outbreaks.