Duterte Says Unvaccinated ‘Can Die Anytime’

The Philippine president is taking a novel approach to the problem.

Business Insider/YahooNews (“The Philippine president told unvaccinated people ‘for all I care, you can die anytime’ as he continues his brutal threats against vaccine deniers“)

The president of the Philippines said he didn’t care if people who deny the coronavirus vaccine died from the virus.

Rodrigo Duterte said in a national address on Wednesday: “For those who do not want it, well, for all I care, you can die anytime.”

He added that he wanted the police to restrict the movement of people who refuse coronavirus vaccines: “To those people who do not want to be vaccinated, I am telling you, don’t go out of your house.

“If you go out of your house, I will tell the police to return you to your home. You will be escorted back to your house because you are a walking spreader.”

Only 6% of the country is vaccinated, according to Reuters.

Duterte previously threatened to jail people who refuse to get a coronavirus vaccine.

Supply delays have also slowed the vaccination rate in some parts of the country, Bloomberg reported.

This guy is almost a cartoon villain version of a world leader but damn it if I’m not sympathetic to his position.

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Comments

  1. Sleeping Dog says:

    Tell it like it is, Rodrigo.

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  2. de stijl says:

    Duterte is an idiot and a stone cold sociopath. His brilliant idea to combat drug selling is state-sponsored hyperviolence.

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  3. Mikey says:

    This guy is almost a cartoon villain version of a world leader but damn it if I’m not sympathetic to his position.

    There’s a meme out there of a depressed-looking man, captioned “the worst person you know just made a really good point” and it’s the first thing I thought of when I read what Duterte said…

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  4. sam says:

    Yeah. I think he’s just voicing what a lot of us say to ourselves in the obscurity of our homes.

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  5. CSK says:

    Well, Duterte seems to have diverged from his BFF Trump on this issue.

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  6. OzarkHillbilly says:

    He said the same thing about addicts.

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  7. CSK says:

    @OzarkHillbilly:
    I think Duterte encouraged people to kill drug dealers on sight.

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  8. de stijl says:

    I am sick and tired of world leaders that think that real life is an action movie starring them in the lead role.

    The whole spectrum. Reagan and Putin.

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  9. steve says:

    Idiocracy comes to life. If you have not seen the movie go watch it.

    Steve

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  10. Kathy says:

    What’s the availability of vaccines in the Philippines? how well has this bozo handled the pandemic thus far?

    That said, ordering a lockdown for unvaccinated people isn’t a bad idea.

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  11. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    Curiously enough, state sponsored hyperviolence may well be what a “war on drugs” would look like. Just sayin’…
    @Mikey: One of the things I used to tell my students to remember was that one of the reasons that ad hominem attacks had low utility in an argument was because no one is wrong 100% of the time. (Not even FG, although he was close.)

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  12. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    Also, note that if that is a shot from an official event as President of the Philipines, it’s great theater. Nothing says “common man of the people” better than coming to the job in a workshirt and denim jacket. Unorthodox to be sure, but it will resonate with a significant portion of the population.

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  13. Mikey says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    One of the things I used to tell my students to remember was that one of the reasons that ad hominem attacks had low utility in an argument was because no one is wrong 100% of the time. (Not even FG, although he was close.)

    One thing TFG deserves some credit for is “Operation Warp Speed.” Even though it wasn’t really his idea and the name is kind of stupid, he did promote it and it did help, even if he and his band of merry morons have subsequently done everything they could to undermine what it actually produced.

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  14. David S. says:

    @sam: Ha. You mean, in the obscurity of OTB comment threads?

  15. Moosebreath says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:

    “Nothing says “common man of the people” better than coming to the job in a workshirt and denim jacket.”

    We will see how well it works for John Fetterman, who looks like he should be the bouncer at a biker bar, but is the Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania, and is running for the Senate.

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  16. CSK says:

    @Moosebreath:
    Since I’ve never been to a biker bar, I’ll say that he does look what I imagine one must resemble.

    P>S. When did “looking as if you slept in a dumpster” become “looking like a man of the people”?

  17. Mikey says:

    @Moosebreath: The first time I saw Fetterman as Lt Gov I told a friend who lives in PA “I don’t know whether your Lt Gov wants to run your state or throw me out of a bar” and she replied “the answer is Yes!”

    I had actually seen him some years earlier when he was mayor of Braddock, PA and was on one of Bourdain’s shows. I hadn’t known he had been elected Lt Gov, but I was pleased, and I do hope his Senate run succeeds.

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  18. Lounsbury says:

    Well one must admit there is a soupçon of panache in Duarte’s statement. And it is hard not to feel a sort of emotional sympathy to it.

  19. CSK says:

    @Lounsbury:
    Oui, but it’s Duterte.

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  20. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Moosebreath: I’m not sure that “common man of the people” is a message that resonates as well in the US as it does other places. It’s only recently that Americans have started rejecting the idea that the elites are the logical choices, and even recently, it’s only been “your” elites. (“My” elites are still great choices.) We’ve bloviated about “anyone can become President” but look at who we elect.

  21. CSK says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker:
    Ask any Trumpkin and he or she will gladly tell you that Donald Trump is a true man of the people. They call him “the blue collar billionaire.”

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  22. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Asking Trumpkins about anything is simply begging to be bewildered. I’m bewildered enough on my own without their help. 🙁

  23. Jax says:

    @Just nutha ignint cracker: Fer real. My conversation with my conservative friend about the good GDP and economy news was a real knee slapper.
    “So you’re fine with Trump’s tax cuts and the first stimulus under Trump?”
    “Yes, those are all great!”
    “Even though they added trillions of dollars to the deficit? But the second stimulus, that’s bad news?”
    “Yes, everything was starting to open up again and we didn’t need the second stimulus, all these lazy fuckers need to get to work! And I bet the unemployment numbers are gonna be way low next quarter and Biden’s gonna take all the credit, even though this is still Trump’s economy.”