The eruption of the Taal Volcano had a devastating impact on large areas of Metro Manila and Central Luzon over the weekend, with the Philippine president visiting the affected areas on Tuesday, despite ongoing health issues and warnings from his doctors about the negative effect the trip could have on his lungs, the Philippine Star reported.
Prior to his visit, Rodrigo Duterte made some bold remarks about the way he was going to deal with the sulfuric gases and ashes that are being spewed out as a result of the eruption, including making a reference to using his own “fire extinguisher” - words that have certainly raised some eyebrows on the Internet.
“I can even eat ashfall. I can even pee on Taal, that b****, pest”, the president said on Monday, as quoted by the Philippine Star.
When he arrived to the affected areas of Batangas the next day, Duterte told a group of officials in English that it was thanks to the “beautiful women” in the region that his problems “disappeared” after he stepped down from the helicopter.
“Really, I love beautiful women”, the president noted during the meeting at the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex.
Not surprisingly, Duterte’s remarks caused some shock among netizens.
The country is in state of calamity and this is how he chose to address the issue. How mature and reassuring. 🙄— rm. (@rhodmhark) January 13, 2020
I really don't understand how statements like this qualify as humor to a lot of people? The timing and delivery is way off. It's neither witty nor mundane. It's just a statement from a guy trying so hard to be funny.— Snap Shooter (@snapshooter000) January 13, 2020
Tough guy image ba kamo? Pathetic attempt.
Well... he thinks he can eat ash fall. Be my guest. I'm not stopping him.— E i n e z 🎬🍷🏁 (@EinCrespo1) January 14, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen, The President of the Philippines, leader of this great nation, source of inspiration for our children, prime example of what a Filipino should be— Cristal Laquindanum, MD-MBA 👩🏻⚕️👶🏻👧🏽🧒🏻 (@millennialpedia) January 13, 2020
Just do it, stupid!— Mil Ecila (@milecila) January 14, 2020