President Duterte is not afflicted with any serious illness, contrary to the “misinformation” being spread by Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, Malacañang said yesterday.
“The President has no serious illness,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said, noting Dutete was “in his usual fiery self” in his recent public appearances in Cebu and Davao.
“The President has always been forthright about his condition. What he is experiencing is typical of people of his age,” he added.
Alejano has called on Malacañang to release the President’s true health condition, saying he has received information that the 73-year-old Duterte was seriously ill.
The lawmaker said whenever the President undergoes a medical checkup, his record must be released to the public.
Roque rejected Alejano’s allegation about the President’s poor health, saying he was merely trying to advance his political ambition in the upcoming elections.
“Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano’s misinformation is certainly in aid of election. We hope the people will judge him accordingly,” he said.
Duterte disputed communist leader Jose Maria Sison’s allegations that he fell into a coma last week.
Duterte declared that he was “fairly healthy” although he feels “perpetual pain” from a spinal injury after a motorcycle accident several years ago.
He added that it was Sison who was dying from colon cancer. He said the rebel leader has been in and out of the hospital and has been talking nonsense.
(Genalyn D. Kabiling)