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Joey de Leon rides on Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s joke about COVID-19 vaccination

“Kwela rin itong Presidente natin, akalain nyong yun daw ayaw magpabakuna iniksyonan habang natutulog! Pag hindi kayo natawa eh wala kayong sense of humor! Op kors nagpapatawa lang yun!”

Seasoned comedian-host Joey de Leon reacts to President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark about COVID-19 vaccination. 

Currently, the vaccination against COVID-19 remains optional or voluntary. There is still no order that requires all people to be vaccinated but, the government highly encourages everyone to get jabbed. 

Despite the government’s encouragement, there are still people who are hesitant to get the vaccine. With this, on October 12, President Duterte addressed these people and said, “Iyan ang problema, ‘yung ayaw magpabakuna. Kaya hanapin ninyo ‘yan sa barangay niyo, akyatin natin pag tulog, at turukin natin ang natutulog para makumpleto ang istorya.”

“Ako ang mag-ano. I will lead the journey,” he added. 

The country wishes to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19, and the only way to achieve this is by encouraging the majority of the population to be vaccinated.

De Leon, who is known for his wordplays, reacted to this statement of Duterte. He emphasized the humor in Duterte’s statement and said that the program might be dubbed as ‘Turok-Tulog’.

“Kwela rin itong Presidente natin, akalain nyong yun daw ayaw magpabakuna iniksyonan habang natutulog! Pag hindi kayo natawa eh wala kayong sense of humor! Op kors nagpapatawa lang yun!”

The comedian then encouraged people to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Pero bakit ba may mga ayaw pang magpabakuna? Pabakuna na kayo!”

Early this year, de Leon reiterated that COVID-19 vaccines, regardless of the brand, are safe and effective as long as the Food & Drug Administration approves them.



As of October 17, according to the data of the Department of Health, there were already a total of 52,303,905 doses that were administered in the country. 

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