Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte told reporters that he is dying after being annoyed by questions regarding his health, claiming he does not understand why media people have to ask him the question.
“I am dying! Wala na. I’m dying, What’s your problem?” Duterte said.
Duterte said that the only reason for reporters asking him about his health is that they are assuming that he is on the brink of death or is about to die.
“Tinatanong niyo ako how’s my health kasi gusto niyo malaman kung kailan ako mamamatay so I’m dying (You are asking me how’s my health because you want to know when I’ll die, so I’m dying),” Duterte indifferently said.
The 71-year-old President said that reporters asking him questions about his health somehow are implying that he could not be a good chief executive because he is not well.
“Ano ba ang purpose ng pagtanong ng ganon (What’s the reason behind the question)? That I cannot be a good President? Or I am a bad President because I’m suffering [from sickness]?” he added.
The tough-talking mayor has already admitted his health condition. He has already disclosed to the public that he has Buerger’s disease. This disease is caused by the presence of nicotine in the body and result to the constriction of the blood vessels. It has no cure.
Duterte also said that he had a slipped disc. However, he denied reports that he was confined at a Davao City hospital for three days. According to the incoming President, he will withdraw from the presidency if such rumors were proven true.
Furthermore, the President-elect, who will assume office in June 30, said that reporters and media people should not believe every statement he utters.
“If [the statement] is out of this world, out of the blue, if it is a preposterous statement … Huwag kayong maniwala diyan (Don’t believe that),” he said.
Duterte is the oldest Philippine president.