Duterte to Filipinos: Plan your funeral if you refuse to get vaccinated vs COVID

Published June 14, 2021, 11:07 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

As the country continued to battle the pandemic, President Duterte has appealed to Filipinos to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease as soon as possible to prevent death.

A resident of Parañaque City gets vaccinated against COVID-19 on May 18, 2021. (Ali Vicoy/MANILA BULLETIN)

Addressing the nation Monday, June 14, the President said people who refuse to get inoculated should prepare for their funeral since they will likely face death.

Duterte tackled the grim scenario after learning that some people have refused to get inoculated despite the growing vaccine supply in the country.

“In face the reality of death and the number of namamatay, ayaw pa ninyong magpabakuna, wala na ako.. ginawa na namin ang lahat. sabi nga, kapag nabili ‘yung lahat ng bakuna, sobra kasi maraming tumatanggi (In the face of reality of death and number of people dying, if you refuse to get vaccinated, I can’t do anything… We have done everything. We are buying all the vaccines for enough supply and yet many refuse to get inoculated),” he said.

“Hay naku. Ulitin ko uli, pag hindi ka nagbakuna, mamamatay ka talaga (I repeat if you won’t get vaccinated, you will really die),” he added.

Duterte advised people to make their burial arrangements if they continue to refuse to receive the coronavirus vaccines. He argued that the government has limited funds for health care so people should consider getting vaccinated when the opportunity comes.

“Planuhin mo yung buhay mo pagdating ng panahon. Bili ka kabaong o magpasunog ka. Magkano bayaran mo. Maghanap ka na ng pwesto sa sementeryo. Ganyan yan. Ayaw ninyo magpabakuna? Patay kayo sigurado (Make your life plans when the time comes. Buy a casket or prepare for cremation. How much you will spend. Find a spot at the cemetery. That’s how it is. You don’t want to get vaccinated? You’ll certainly die),” he said.

“Yung hindi magpabakuna o takot magpabakuna na, ba-bye na lang (To those who refuse to get vaccinated or afraid to get vaccinated, goodbye),” he added.

The country has reported 6,426 new cases of infections Monday, that pushed the total number to more than 1.3 million. The country’s death toll has reached 22,845.

Since the vaccination drive started last March, more than 1.8 million people have been fully vaccinated. Essential workers are now undergoing vaccination in Metro Manila and other areas with high coronavirus cases, after the government prioritized health workers, seniors and those with comorbidity.

The country has so far received over 12.7 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from various suppliers, including most recently from Russia and the COVAX facility.