‘Jab ‘em in their sleep’: Philippines’ Duterte proposes new way of tackling vaccine hesitancy


Filipino ninja doctors may soon be sneaking into the homes of Covid-19 vaccine refuseniks to inject them in their sleep. At least that’s the idea proposed by the country’s trigger-happy president.

The unorthodox approach to boosting vaccination rates was touted by Rodrigo Duterte during his latest ‘Talk to the People’ address on Monday. “I know many people are still hesitant,” the president said, as quoted by local media. 

So find them in your barangays (neighborhoods). Let’s enter their houses and vaccinate them while they are asleep. End of story.

The president added that he was ready to personally lead the nocturnal immunization raids.

The suggestion, which was hopefully a joke, came as the Philippines president was trying to convince the public to take the vaccine. On the same program, Duterte took personal responsibility for his government’s failure to secure enough doses for a swifter vaccine rollout earlier this year, but noted that even a limited campaign had reduced the spread of the disease.

The Pacific island nation started its Covid-19 immunization program in March, using China’s Sinovac vaccine. Duterte had earlier blamed rich nations for hoarding available doses and leaving countries like the Philippines behind.

The outgoing president is no stranger to using harsh methods to deal with various issues. He infamously introduced a violent police crackdown on drug crimes, which critics say amounted to mass extrajudicial killings. Earlier this month, the Justice Department said 154 cops involved in the war on drugs may face criminal charges for overstepping their authority. The International Criminal Court, which is conducting its own investigation, says the scale of alleged police crimes was much higher, with the number of victims numbered in the tens of thousands.

Duterte has previously suggested a strong-arm approach to vaccine refuseniks. In June, he said those who won’t take the jab should leave the country or be jailed and jabbed by force. “I’ll have you arrested [and] then I’ll inject a vaccine into your buttocks,” he warned at the time.


4 thoughts on “‘Jab ‘em in their sleep’: Philippines’ Duterte proposes new way of tackling vaccine hesitancy

  1. So they are going to be very very thin people giving the shots?
    A lot of houses there have gated doorways
    Not an easy thing to sneak into in the middle of the night
    Those crime ridden shitholes have bars on the doors and windows
    Like Detoilet and Chiraq

    1. Yep. Just like Singapore, India and the rest of Southeast Asia. Vandalism is a bitch over there. Most of them have a machete near their window since it is illegal for them to have a gun. It’s the only protection they have which is why WE must never give up our guns!

  2. Duterte might try to inject something up their buttocks, but not before the people have a chance to cut his wee-wee off with their machete.

  3. Try that sh*t here and American Nationals will have nightwatches posted everywhere with the cleanest sniper rifle you ever seen!! Just f*cking stupid??? Your country will rise and say FCK YU

Join the Conversation

Your email address will not be published.