MANILA - Memes have it that he heard the Big Bang, had a pet T-rex, was swimming in the Red Sea when Moses parted it, took a photo of the Last Supper, and survived the bubonic plague.
But what has former senator Juan Ponce Enrile really been up to lately?
So far, the 96-year-old appears to be keeping up his track record of outliving outbreaks: Enrile is, in fact, waving away the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Video of the 96-year old surfaced online Saturday, courtesy of his grandchild Kris Ponce-Enrile.
In the video taken from his Makati home, barefoot Enrile, in a gray shirt and brown shorts, is seen waving, blowing a kiss, and muttering "I love you."
The video then cuts to footage of the former lawmaker saying to the camera: "COVID, go away!"
It was a rare sighting of Enrile, among the most enduring figures in Philippine politics, who has been mostly out of public eye since his loss in the 2019 senatorial elections. Enrile is still on trial for plunder for his alleged role in the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund scam.
He has, however, been a fixture in online memes, with netizens making jokes around his longevity and seeming "immortality."