Rodrigo Duterte: 'I'm not joking - clean masks with petrol'
Philippines' president Rodrigo Duterte has once again told people to disinfect their face masks with petrol - insisting he was "not joking".
He had made similar remarks last week - but officials were quick to correct him, and suggested it was a joke.
Health officials also said cloths masks should be washed normally, and surgical masks replaced after use.
But on Friday, the president doubled down - saying "what I've said was true... go to a gasoline station".
There is no evidence that gasoline can disinfect masks; having prolonged contact with it can be harmful; and pouring flammable liquids can be a fire risk.
What did Mr Duterte say?
Referring to his earlier comments, Mr Duterte said: "They [critics] said, 'Duterte's insane.' Stupid! If I'm insane, you should be the president, not me.
"What I've said was true. If alcohol isn't available, especially for the poor, just go to a gasoline station, and use [gas] to disinfect.
"I am not joking. I am not joking. You… you try to get inside my brain."
What did he say last week?
Mr Duterte said those who didn't have cleaning supplies could use gasoline as a disinfectant to clean their masks.
"At the end of the day, hang [the mask] somewhere and spray it with Lysol if you can afford it," he said, referencing a popular disinfectant brand.
"For people who don't [have Lysol], drench it in gasoline or diesel... just find some gasolinehttps://news.yahoo.com/rodrigo-duterte-im-not-joking-060329812.html [and] dip your hand [with the mask] in it."
After last week's comments, presidential spokesman Harry Roque quickly corrected him.
"I can't believe that after four years of him as president, you still don't know [him]," said Mr Roque, according to news site Rappler.
"[It's only a] joke. Why would we use gasoline for washing?"
Meanwhile, health official Maria Rosario Vergeire said cloth masks should be washed and dried normally, and surgical masks replaced after use.
'I am not joking, I am also not a doctor and I am also not a scientist!'