The Malacañang Palace has again booted out all the speculations regarding the true state of health of President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, as it preps to showcase his administration’s accomplishments in his first year in the office.
“First and foremost, he is alive and well. He is very well. He is just busy doing what he really needs to do,” the presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said at a press briefing at Malacañang Palace on Tuesday, June 27. President Duterte is set to mark his first year in presidency on June 30.
“The President, as you’ve seen, is very much in the public eye but being out of the public eye, that is when he really is able to do his work – he signs papers, he reads, he consults. He is actually very busy,” Abella added.
“But the thing that is very important to note that he is on top of the situation. He is aware of what is happening, he is updated regularly, he reads, he listens to this. It is just his working style, it was not to cast aspersions… but this is the way he works,” Abella said.
In a radio interview earlier Tuesday, June 27, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar confidently assured the public that the 72-year-old Rodrigo Duterte is “in the pink of health,” but “needed to rest” and have “some private time.”
The President, he further explained, was expected on June 27 to preside over the board meeting of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) at Malacañang Palace.
President Duterte was also scheduled to witness the awarding of a P15-million donation for Marawi City. At 7 p.m., Digong was to lead the Eid’l Fitr celebration at Malacañang Palace.
According to Communications Secretary, President Duterte has been getting updates on developments, including the groundbreaking of the planned train system from Tutuban to Clark, Pampanga.
Communications Secretary Andanar added that President Duterte was in his home province in Davao in the past few days.
The President was at Malacañang Palace on Monday, June 26, for the celebration of the Hariraya with the Muslim community.
Andanar assured the people of the Philippines that there is nothing to worry about Duterte’s state of health. Just like a chief executive officer of a private firm, the President does not have to be in the public eye all the time while doing his job as president of the Philippines.
Presidetn Duterte has not been seen in public since he visited an evacuation center in Iligan City last June 20. He also visited a military hospital in Cagayan de Oro City to check on the condition of AFP military troops on the same day.