Pesky fly interrupts president’s speech; Duterte’s attempt to slay shooed it away

Published July 30, 2019, 9:17 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

After a bout with a cockroach two months ago, President Duterte tried to slay a pesky housefly during a public engagement in Taguig City Tuesday night.

President Rodrigo Duterte  (FILE PHOTO / TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Duterte
(FILE PHOTO / TOTO LOZANO / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

A large fly kept bugging the President and even landed a few times on his face while he discussed his anti-corruption efforts and opposition to some church teachings during his impromptu speech.

Duterte broke off to swat the fly and joked that he already took a bath. The fly eventually flew away.

“Kaya maski noon pa, talagang may away na ako sa pari. Kagaya nitong langaw na ito. Utos man nila ito [I have been in conflict with the priests ever since. Like this fly, they commanded this fly],” Duterte said, drawing laughter from the audience at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) event in Taguig City.

“Kanina pa ‘yan sunod nang sunod sa akin. Naligo naman ako, mga buang [it has been following me around. I’ve taken a bath, you fool],” he added.

Several minutes later, the President stopped his speech to ask his aide to replace the glass of water placed on his podium after the fly landed on it. He asked for a clean bottle of water instead.

“Paki ano. Dinapuan ito ng unggoy. ‘Yang bago. Sa kakapasyal pati ‘yung… ‘Yung bote na lang be. Diretso ko na lang,” he said.

Last May, a cockroach crawled on the Presidents’ shirt while delivering a campaign speech in Bohol. The President’s aide tried but failed to remove the insect using a folder. Duterte, unfazed by the sight of cockroach, eventually swatted the insect and resumed his speech.

 
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