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Petiks pa more! #OustDuterte trends as netizens slam Duterte for being chill amid nCoV threat

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Twitter exploded with calls for President Rodrigo Duterte’s resignation Friday (January 31) as netizens express dismay with his response to the threat of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

As of 10 p.m., the hashtag #OustDuterte is second on Twitter’s trend list for the Philippines with over 37,000 tweets.

Netizens in particular were incensed about Senator Bong Go’s statement that Duterte’s meeting with government officials over the 2019-nCoV threat is scheduled next week.

“Ah next week pa pala. Di kasi masyadong important,” said Aquino-era presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in a tweet.

The parody account @MalacananEvents included #OustDuterte in the acronym for safety tips amid the 2019 nCoV threat.

“Another safety tips against Novel Coronavirus: N = Nutrition should be proper and balanced. C = Clean your body properly. O = #OustDuterte V = Vote wisely in 2022,” it tweeted.

Activist Frank Baraan said: “IF WE SURVIVE THIS #CoronaVirusOutbreak—we must make sure that no more Duterte becomes Pres., & that no ally of his becomes his successor, too! DUTERTE BRINGS ONLY MISERY, SUFFERING, & DEATH. KUNG MAHAL MO SARILI MO, PAMILYA MO, AT BANSA MO, PATUNAYAN MO SA 2022! #OustDuterte”

Netizen Monique Baldemor tweeted: “How to protect yourself from nCoV: 1. Wash your hands. 2. Avoid crowded places. 3. #OustDuterte”

Twitter user @elyasjuan said: “Can we all effin’ agree that Duterte is the worst President of the Philippines? The laziest. The most crass. The most anything (with an intention of being bad in description). #OustDuterte #OustDuterte2020”

Netizen @JerryGracio suggested that ousting Duterte is better than the prospect of declaring martial law over the nCoV threat. “Martial law? #OustDuterte is better,” he tweeted.

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