Di ako Johnny-come-lately! Duterte says he was first to lock down because he read everything on COVID-19, including Facebook posts
President Rodrigo Duterte is glad he made the right choice declare a lockdown in the Philippines on March 14, one of the first and few countries to declare a mass quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Duterte credited his foresight to his voracious appetite for knowledge about COVID-19 from various sources, including Facebook.
“Mabuti na lang early on my term may ginawa ako para sa inyo. Ito nakikita ko na noon pa. Itong COVID na ito, sinusundan ko talaga ‘yan. Kasi sinasabi Johnny-come-lately… hindi ho,” said Duterte in a late night press conference.
“Ako ang pinakauna sa lahat nag-lockdown kasi nasusundan ko na ang istorya. At sabi ko nagbabasa naman ako different sources of knowledge — Facebook, everything — lahat na ng what I can get my hands on to study the matter because Presidente ako. Dumating nga,” he added.