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PH can only go back to normal when Pres. Rodrigo Duterte leaves office, say netizens

Critics pointed out how Duterte has constantly broken his promises ever since becoming president

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday claimed that the return to the “normalcy” prior to the pandemic may be achieved in 2023.

“In about maybe early year 2023, not 2022. Ito ngayon hanggang katapusan ng buwan, paspasan tayo,” Duterte said during the turnover ceremony of the  600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

“Early in the first, maybe the first or second quarter of year 2023, baka, sa tulong ng Diyos,” he added.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier shared a similar claim in a briefing.

“It is only through this that we can implement a sustainable immunization program to recover the economy and restore normalcy in the lives of the Filipino people by 2023 through our bayanihan spirit,” Galvez said last month.

Duterte promised last year that things will go back to normal when December of 2020 arrives. He said that a Chinese-made vaccine will do wonders in fighting the pandemic.

“I promise you, by the grace of God, I hope by December we will be back to normal,” he said on July 31, 2020.

“Let’s just wait for a vaccine. Let’s wait till December, if we can just be patient… We are not going back to a ‘new normal’. It’s going to be normal again,” he added.

But when December came, the public was left waiting for answers on when the vaccines would arrive.

Critics pointed out how Duterte has constantly broken his promises ever since becoming president.

But things are looking bright as his term ends in 2022.

Netizens are certain that Duterte’s claim of a normal Philippines in 2023 will come to fruition since he will no longer be president, which is a good thing.

Duterte’s record of breaking promises makes it even harder for the public to trust anything he says.

Whoever the next president is will inherit a mess the likes of which the country has never seen before.

This could possibly be a tactic by Duterte to spoil the next administration’s agenda.

Written by Charles Teves

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