Duterte wears air purifier necklace to fight colds

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2019 05:03 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2019 05:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte (right) with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind (left).

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has been wearing a pocket air purifier to protect himself from colds, Malacañang said Friday.

Duterte on Friday was seen wearing the device when he welcomed Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

He was also seen wearing it in his public appearances this week.

President Rodrigo Duterte is seen wearing a pocket air purifier, Oct. 16, 2019. Presidential Photo

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the device aims to protect Duterte “from persons within his proximity who have coughs and colds.”

The 74-year-old chief executive had to wear the device to avoid catching the colds of a Cabinet member who has been coughing frequently, a source told ABS-CBN News.

Duterte will now “always” wear the air purifier, the source added.

“Para di mahawa ng ubo o anumang sakit,” the source said.

(It’s for him to avoid catching colds or any other illness.)

The source however clarified that the President is well.