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MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told the public to be wary of online scams for face masks, adding that dishonest sellers should be "dumped into the Pasig River" amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Philippines has been grappling with a face mask shortage, with the government purchasing most of the supply for the public health sector. Filipinos are required to wear face masks as well whenever they are out in public.
"Do not go for that kind of s**t 'yung magbili-bili kayo online, mask, tapos ka-text ninyo [na seller] is from Pampanga, from Abra. Saan man sila magkuha ng mask doon? Wala nga sa Maynila," Duterte said in a press conference.
"Dito kayo sa Maynila, sa mga holdaper, puwede pa. Puwede kayong bumili, mayroon pa yang p******** stock [ng mask] iyang mga animal na iyan," he added.
(Do not go for that kind of s**t where the seller you're texting with could be in Pampanga or Abra province. Where will they masks there? There is no masks even in Manila. Buy instead from the robbers here in Manila. Those animals have a stock of masks.)
The public should inspect the face masks they ordered before paying online sellers, the President said.
"Do not fall for that thing na online-online. It has never been perfected and all of the scams that man could think of, that they can perpetrate on the innocent public, pinag-aaralan nila 'yan (they are studying that)," Duterte said.
Scammers "take advantage of the misery of people," he said.
"Ang iyo d'yan is i-deliver mo, papasukin mo sa loob iyong nagdala ng mask, talian mo. 'Pag gabi, maghanap ka ng sasakyan, ihulog mo sa Pasig River. Maraming tulay d'yan, alas-3 ng madaling-araw, wala nang dumadaan d'yan, maski anong ihulog mo wala nang makialam d'yan," Duterte said.
(Have it delivered, invite the delivery person in, bound them. When night comes, find a vehicle, dump them in the Pasig River. There are many bridges there that are already empty by 3 a.m. No one will bother you, whatever you dump there.)
"Kung ako, iyan ang gawin ko sa inyo: talian ko iyong paa ninyo, pati kamay ninyo, saksakan ko iyong bunganga ninyo ng medyas niyong mabaho, 5 araw na walang laba tapos talian ko ng panyo. Ihulog kita sa Pasig," he said.
(If it were up to me, that's what I'll do to you: I'll tie your feet and hands, stuff your mouth with your foul-smelling socks that have not been washed for 5 days, gag you with a handkerchief. I'll throw you into Pasig.)
Duterte gave his remark 5 days into the relaxed coronavirus lockdown of Metro Manila and other urban centers.
The Philippines as of Thursday confirmed 20,382 cases of the respiratory disease that emerged in China late last year.