Duterte: Many more will die before situation gets better

Published April 16, 2021, 10:30 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte said many more people will die from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before the situation can actually get better.

Duterte made the statement as the country is just less than 100,000 cases short to reach one million COVID-19 cases.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte walks past old photos of past presidents as he arrives for the meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on April 15, 2021. (KING RODRIGUEZ / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

In his second “Talk to the People” this week, the President reiterated that the solution to the problem is still the vaccine but said the situation will get worse due to the current global supply shortage.

“Nandiyan ang bakuna, hindi sa ating kamay. Sa kamay ng ibang tao (The vaccine is there, just not in our hands. It’s with other people now),” he said on his pre-recorded public address on Thursday, April 15.

“This will go– I think before it gets better, we’ll have to go to the worst of times,” he added.

According to the President, many people will die from COVID-19 first before the situation gets better.

“Wala sana ito kung mayroong vaccine available. Eh, wala. Hanggang ngayon the word ‘unavailable’ is nandiyan (We won’t be having this problem if there are vaccines available but until now the word is ‘unavailable,'” he said.

“There’s no sufficient supply to inoculate the world. Matagal pa ito. Sabihin ko sa iyo marami pang mamamatay dito. Hindi ko lang maturo kung sino (We still have a long way to go. I’m telling you, many people will still die I just can pinpoint who),” he added.

However, Duterte assured the public that they do not have to be scared because the government is doing its best in addressing the pandemic.

“Do not be afraid. Government is working. Government is busy doing everything, not nothing. Government is trying to get the things to fix all of us,” he said.

The Philippines reported 11,429 new COVID-19 cases on April 15, bringing the total number of infections to 904,285.