Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent a chilling message to those who are still skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, suggesting that they should be forced to get the shot in their sleep.

“I know that many still don’t want to [get vaccinated],” Duterte said in a speech that aired on Tuesday, according to TASS.

“That’s the problem, those who don’t want to get vaccinated. So, let’s go [into their homes] and inject them while they are asleep. End of story,” he added, going on to promise to “lead the journey.”

Duterte had previously said that he wants to pass a law that would make it possible to send quarantine violators to jail and that those who participate in mass events should be sent to prison. Back in June, he went so far as to say that murder charges could be brought against those who were fully aware that they were COVID-positive but ignored the rules and infected others, causing possible deaths.

“Don’t get me wrong. There is a crisis being faced in this country. There is a national emergency. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, I’ll have you arrested, and I’ll inject the vaccine in your butt,” Duterte said back in June, according to Reuters. “If you will not agree to be vaccinated, leave the Philippines. Go to India if you want or somewhere, to America.”



Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra quickly admitted afterward that no Philippine law criminalizes the refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“I believe that the president merely used strong words to drive home the need for us to get vaccinated and reach herd immunity as soon as possible,” Guevarra clarified.


Duterte has denied that people should have the right to refuse vaccines, falsely claiming that the shots approved by local authorities were effective.

Last month, Duterte ranted against “selfish” nations for hoarding the vaccines.

“The picture is bleak. It is a man-made drought of vaccines ravaging the poor countries,” Duterte said, according to The Associated Press. “Rich countries hoard life-saving vaccines while poor nations wait for trickles. They now talk of booster shots, while developing countries consider half doses just to get by.”

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