|[Published: Saturday August 01 2020]
Duterte tells Filippinos to disinfect face masks with petrol
MANILA 31 Jul (ANA) - Philippines' president Rodrigo Duterte has once again told people to disinfect their face masks with petrol - insisting he was "not joking".
He had made similar remarks last week - but officials were quick to correct him, and suggested it was a joke.
Health officials also said cloths masks should be washed normally, and surgical masks replaced after use.
But on Friday, the president doubled down - saying "what I've said was true... go to a gasoline station".
There is no evidence that gasoline can disinfect masks; having prolonged contact with it can be harmful; and pouring flammable liquids can be a fire risk.
Referring to his earlier comments, Mr Duterte said: "They [critics] said, 'Duterte's insane.' Stupid! If I'm insane, you should be the president, not me.
"What I've said was true. If alcohol isn't available, especially for the poor, just go to a gasoline station, and use [gas] to disinfect.
"I am not joking. I am not joking. You… you try to get inside my brain."(ANA)
FA/ANA/31 July 2020--------