Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin said there could be a logical explanation for President Rodrigo Duterte's remark about the use of kerosene as an alternative disinfectant to alcohol.
Locsin responded to DJ Mo Twister's comment on social media questioning the president for suggesting the use of "gaas" to disinfect face masks.
"Mo, what if he's right?" said Locsin, who has previously worked with Mo Twister in a late night talk show back in the 1990s, in a Twitter post.
"Seriously, bro. I knew of Southern kids tell of school summers when they played in fields of cut cane running into hamlets where people placidly picked lice from children's hair and dropping it in kerosene."
"Instead of insulting, let's try consulting."
Duterte on Thursday said he was not joking when he suggested the use of kerosene as a disinfectant to combat COVID-19.
"Totoo 'yang sinabi ko alcohol. 'Pag wala kang alcohol di naman puwede na lalong mahirap, pumunta ka lang diyan sa gasoline station tapos patulo na," the President said.
(What I said was true about alcohol. If you don't have alcohol, it's much harder, so go to a gasoline station and get some.)
"That's disinfectant-- alcohol, gaas--patulo ka lang, just to disinfect... Para sa inyo na di nakakaintindi. Di ako nagbibiro, totohanan 'yun. Baka akala ninyo nagbibiro lang ako," he added.
(That's disinfectant--alcohol, gaas-- just get a fill to disinfect. For those who cannot understand, I am not joking. That was true. You might be thinking that I was only joking.)
Kerosene is irritating to the eyes and skin, according to the World Health Organization.