By Prince Golez
“Hindi ako holdaper.”
President Rodrigo Duterte had this to say to critics who faulted him for rarely wearing a face mask.
“I’ve been criticized. Tama kayo na ito si Duterte nagsasalita, hindi naman sinusunod, tama kayo, na hindi naman nagma-mask, tama kayo,” Duterte said in his televised speech Wednesday.
Speaking with a mask on can be uncomfortable, according to the Chief Executive.
“Eh hindi ako holdaper na sanay magsalita nitong naka (face mask) kaya tinatanggal ko.
“I run the risk of baka ako madali rin, may vice president man, siya na ang susunod. Wala tayong magawa,” he furthered.