Duterte cancels Jan. 2 plans due to health reasons

By CNN Philippines Staff

President Rodrigo Duterte’s health prevented him from meeting his Thursday schedule.

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that Duterte’s schedule for the day has been moved to Friday. This includes his visit to victims of the recent earthquakes in Mindanao, as Duterte has yet to return to Manila from Davao City.

Panelo was quick to add that Duterte was not feeling well in a way that’s ordinary for someone his age.

Ordinaryong masamang pakiramdam ng isang 74 year old,” Panelo said.

[Translation: He’s not feeling well in a way that’s ordinary for a 74 year old.]

In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines on November 30, Duterte admitted that he is not at the peak of health.

“For purposes of performing my functions as President, I’m alright,” Duterte said.

In October, Duterte cut short a trip in Japan due to back pain. In previous speeches he has admitted suffering from migraines, nausea, pain, Buerger’s disease, and myasthenia gravis.

Malacañang has repeatedly refused to issue a health bulletin on the President’s health, adding that the Constitution only requires it “in case of serious illness.”

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