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Palace downplays health issue




Malacañang said the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that 72 percent of Filipinos are worried about the health of President Rodrigo Duterte only means that they love the Chief Executive.

Chief presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesman Salvador Panelo told a press briefing that despite the concern about the President’s health and well-being, he has not hidden or kept anything about his true condition.

“I think it’s a given that any citizenry in a particular country should be interested and be worried about any state of health that the head of state has,” Panelo said.

“But in the particular case of the President, he keeps on telling us exactly what he feels. He tells us his sufferings on particular illnesses that he got arising from accidents. In other words, he has not hidden, kept from us anything that involves his health. He tells us even when he goes to the doctors for examination,” he added.

Panelo, however, assured that President Duterte may not be as strong as a bull like the others who are much, much younger than him, but certainly he can still function effectively as President.

In fact, Panelo said, if you compare him with the previous presidents, they may suffer in comparison with respect to the pace he has taken in fulfilling his job as president.

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