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Coronavirus won’t stop Duterte from shaking hands with people

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte does not intend to limit his public engagements following the novel coronavirus threat.

Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Duterte said as President, he is required to shake people’s hands.

“How sure are you that you will die? Or how sure are you that I will die of — or maybe even to speculate that I shake hands and get the virus? Of course, I shake hands. We just saw each other at the Change of Command, and I have to shake hands with people,” according to him.

“You know, alam mo Presidente ako. Eh hindi naman ako pwedeng sabihin na ‘ba-bye’ ganun. Hi. How are you? Good. And — and if somebody would extend his hand to — in a gesture of handshake ano. ‘Wag na lang muna ‘yan kay…,” the President added.

The Department of Health earlier advised everyone to refrain from shaking hands and cheek kissing to prevent the spread of the virus.

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