Nagpaliwanag si Omar Duterte, anak ni House Deputy Speaker Paolo Duterte, at apo ng Pangulo matapos nitong balewalain ang pila at labagin ang quarantine protocol ng isang grocery store sa Davao City sa gitna ng coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health emergency.
Sa kaniyang Facebook post, inilahad ni Omar na bago pa siya pumasok ng SnR Davao, nagsuot na siya ng gloves at sumunod sa proper hand sanitation.
"Although I personally would have laughed at the idea of washing hands in front of people while not a moment ago they just saw us putting on gloves and washing them. It seems that some people took the protocols to the letter that even latex gloves aren't enough to prevent the virus from infecting our hands within those gloves. To those people who felt I should have followed protocol whilst being fully gloved, I'm sorry," saad niya.
"Had I known that it shouldn't be seen as comedic to wash your hands moments after putting on gloves, I would have gladly just washed my hands and followed the protocol. I know this is not a laughing matter and for this, I cannot begin to express the great feeling of remorse of not following the protocols thinking that the gloves were enough. For this, I'm sorry," dagdag pa ni Omar.
Humingi rin ng paumanhin si Omar dahil daw sa "insensitibong" pagbili niya ng mga pagkain para ipagdiwang sa unang wedding anniversary nila ng kaniyang asawa.
"I admit it was rather insensitive of me to buy food (shrimp, cajun spice, lemons, white vinegar) to cook at home and some drinks (some bottles and a six pack of beer) to celebrate the [first] anniversary of our wedding with my wife."
Bago nito, naisip na raw ni Omar na sapat na home-cooked meal at glass of wine para ipagdiwang ang kanilang anibersaryo, dahil sa sitwasyong kinahaharap ng bansa dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic.
"But I now know that this was wrong. Trust me in saying that if I had known before, that cooking your dinner at home with your family and staying at home to celebrate your anniversary with your family was seen as a luxury, I would have chosen to sleep instead," anang anak ni Pulong.
Napag-isip raw ni Omar na "no one is above" sa mga protocol na ipinatutupad ng ano mang establisyemento.
"I was wrong in implying that applying proper sanitation yourself and putting in gloves was enough reason for me to not wash them," sabi ni Omar.
"But I now know that even with all your preparations, protocols are protocols and no one is above them. Even though they insisted on me going through without me washing my hands, I should have insisted in washing them instead. For all this I am sorry. Thank you for reading my side of what happened," dagdag niya.
Humingi na rin ng paumanhin ang kaniyang amang si Paolo sa kaniyang nagawa.
“It is with humility that I apologize for the behavior of Omar and his impertinence shall be dealt with accordingly,” saad ni Duterte. —Jamil Santos/LBG/FRJ, GMA News