Duterte: I am willing to waive my chance at the vaccine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte said he was willing to give up his slot to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to someone else.

At his weekly address on Monday, he said his age was one of the reasons why he didn't think the vaccine would do much for him.

"Ako, ok na ako... Ako, magwe-waive ako, magwe-waive ako because 70 above... ano pang makuha mo magsige ka, dream? Dream of what? Living until kingdom come? Ako mag-waive ako, kung sino 'yung may gusto sa slot ko, ibigay ko," he said.

[Translation: I'm okay...I will waive it because at 70 above, what else can you do, dream? Dream of what? Living until kingdom come? I will waive my slot and whoever wants it can take it.]

The President turned 76 on March 28.

He added he has always been fatalistic and can accept it when his time is up.

"Whether it's COVID or a bala, or whatever, disgrasya. Wala ako masyadong ano diyan sa illusions about life and death. If anyone wants to have it, they can have it. We are not in the priority anyway," he added.

[Translation: Whether it's COVID or a bullet, or whatever, an accident. I have no illusions about life and death. If anyone wants to have it, they can have it. We are not in the priority anyway.]

Duterte said those who must be prioritized are those who still have a long life ahead of them.

READ: Gov't lists down essential workers eligible for vaccine priority 

Most senior citizens are retired, he said, and are no longer as productive. However, he said the exception are those elected into office.

"Ako, after this...nothing to look forward to. Maybe spend a little time with the family and then, time to go," Duterte said.

READ: FDA approves use of Sinovac vaccine on senior citizens