President Rodrigo Duterte has left it to divine intervention to help Filipinos survive the coronavirus pandemic.
Duterte made the statement amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the third week of his 30-day Luzon-wide lockdown to contain the virus but which has virtually paralyzed the economy. “Ah may dagdag, nag-improve ba tayo? I really do not know. How many died today? I have no — hindi — hindi ko alam kasi por hora ‘yan eh. Pero sana — well, ang mang-ano lang nito God. He’s the only one who can really solve the problem for us,” said Duterte in a late night speech Monday, April 5.
“Whatever be the correction kung ma-correct itong -anomaly sa ating buhay sa mundo. Lahat naman tayo we only — if it’s time. He created the world, the planet Earth, and if God wants it ended, so be it,” he added.
Duterte admitted he has become “desperate” and has been having sleepless nights trying to figure out how to raise funds to feed millions of indigent and “no work, no pay” Filipinos (with the middle class also demanding subsidies) and trying to convince the public to stay home for their own good without having to beat them up or throwing them to jail.
“Ako, desperado na rin. Sabi ko nga nakatutok ako sa bintana makita ko na lang nag lu… May tulog ako? Kanina nagising ako mga three plus. ‘Pagka — dalawang beses ako umihi before getting to bed. And once talagang mag-ihi ako isang beses then umaga na,” he narrated.
“Iyong gabi, nagising ako, nakatutok ako sa madilim na langit. Well, it’s a private thing but nagdadasal ako. Basta nagdasal ako para sa bayan ko. Eh kasi ‘yung iba, iba ang Diyos nila eh. My God is the true God. Hindi ako nag-ano ng iba. One God lang ako para isang salita lang. Hindi na marami pa akong intermediary, parang santo, may checkpoint diyan. Diretso ako. At saka hindi na ako nagsisimba. At ang Diyos ko is God the Father. He is only one,” he added.
But while he does not believe in saints and going to Church he urged Filipinos, most of whom are Filipinos to pray this Holy Week, “I am calling on the nation to come together this Holy Wednesday afternoon and pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of the Filipino and unite in one prayer to God to fight our common enemy,” he added.