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By Prince Golez

The United States (U.S.) is partly responsible for the Philippines’ current predicament over the coronavirus outbreak, President Rodrigo Duterte said.

According to him, the U.S., which has over 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, is offering visa to Filipino nurses to work in their hospitals.

“America is part of the problem of the Filipinos now kasi sa karaming tinamaan sa kanila, marami nang patay, maski sino nalang nananawagan sila, basta yung nars, mga nars, sige punta kayo sa embassy, i-process nila ang visa, one day, kinabukasan, lipad ka na,” Duterte said during a public address Monday evening.

The President lamented that they could have relied on their own human resources

“Dapat kayo umasa sana sa sariling mga tao ninyo. Eh ngayon kinukuha, kinakaltasan niyo ang Pilipinas, pagdating ng panahon magkulang, sorry na lang tayo.

“But, I cannot… hindi ko [kayo] sinisisi, hindi ako galit, wala akong emotions about this. But kung gusto ninyong, kayong mga nars, kung gusto niyo magsilbi sa ibang bayan, sa ibang tao, okay lang sa akin,” he said.

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