What Duterte Said in His Weekly Speech (Dec. 7)

Here's a recap of his weekly address.
Photo/s: Presidential Photo

Here's a recap of what President Rodrigo Duterte said in his weekly speech to the nation. This one was delivered on Monday, Dec. 7.

  • President Duterte says there is a "continuing rise" in COVID-19 cases.
  • Duterte says he's figuring out a "cheaper way" to do COVID-19 testing in the country.
  • Duterte asks vacant hotels, inns, motels owners to accommodate  COVID-19 patients. He says he will take responsibility for paying hotels.
  • Duterte says hotels that will house COVID-19 patients will be restricted from the traveling public.
  • Duterte says he has not heard Health Secretary Francisco Duque III receiving money.
  • Duterte tells the son of slain Los Baños, Laguna Mayor Caesar Perez: I'm sorry that your father died the way it happened.
  • Duterte says the controversial narco-list was only given to him; denies making one.
  • Duterte says it was the Ombudsman, not him, who dismissed former Iloilo City Mayor Jed Mabilog.
  • Health Sec. Duque says cost of COVID-19 testing in private hospitals or facilities ranges from P4,500 to P5,000.
  • Duterte says he will look for a funding source so that government can shoulder the expenses for COVID-19 testing.
  • Interior Sec. Eduardo Año says Christmas parties, street caroling, and reunions are prohibited.
  • Año compares the use of "yantok" or rattan sticks to a "batuta" or a law enforcer's club.
  • Duterte apologizes for the curtailment of Christmas traditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Duterte asks Filipinos to avoid Christmas festivities for their "own good."
  • Duterte says batons should be the "first line of defense" of the police.
  • Duterte says rattan sticks will do for police officers in the meantime. He says he will look into providing police officers with batons made of rubber.
  • Duterte says there will be no more ceasefires with communist rebels until the end of his term.
  • Duterte says a "good number" of New Peoples' Army members are gay; says they are now part of the Lumad group. The Lumad are indigenous people.
  • COVID-19 vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. says Australia and China willing to share vaccines with the Philippines.
  • Duterte says he is mulling on a total ban on firecrackers.
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