Duterte tells nation not to despair: ‘Maliit na bagay ito sa buhay natin’


President Rodrigo Duterte, during his talk to people regarding COVID-19 on March 15, told the Filipino nation not to despair.

“I will just say to my countrymen that do not despair. Kaya natin ito COVID na ito. Maliit na bagay ito sa buhay natin. Marami tayong dinaanan mas ano, mas grabe, mas mahirap,” President Duterte said.

“I know, lahat kayo, lalo na ‘yong mga kababayan ko nandiyan sa squatters’ area, lahat kayo, huwag kayong matakot at hindi ko kayo iiwanan,” the President said.


“That’s why I said, we are thinking of going mobile, kayo na ang pumunta, or if you are near the barangay, you just wait because ang order ko ngayon is for the team to give you the vaccine while traveling, at least mayroon,” Duterte explained.

“Kung lima, anim, pito, okay na iyan. Marami tayong sasakyan. We will use all government assets. Gamitin natin ang lahat ng sasakyan ng gobyerno. Lahat, lahat. Not necessarily from the department of sa DILG. Sa lahat. We must contribute and the other departments must take note of this. You have to contribute, I said, this is a fight not only against the COVID but against you know despair and hopelessness,” President Duterte said.