Fact check: Is President Duterte required to inform the public if he is ill?

Fact check: Is President Duterte required to inform the public if he is ill?

- Rumors sparked that President Duterte is in coma

- He went live on Facebook to deny the rumors

- According to 1987 Constitution, the President must be transparent with his health condition

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As of today, issues sparked regarding President Rodrigo Duterte's health once again. In a report by Philippine Star, the President went live on Facebook to shut down the rumors that he is in coma. The issue started when communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison started spreading news about the President being seriously ill.

In his statement, he said, “I'm alive—fairly healthy and I'm having dinner with a beautiful lady from Davao. She's Vernice, she's on leave from Harvard. I invited her to discuss some things along the way,”

"I am still okay. He (Sison) said I'm comatose? How can you be comatose with a beautiful lady. If I were comatose and I see Vernice, I would really rise. That's it. You are the one who is comatose. You are the one who is sick,", the President added.

President Duterte even mocked Sison by saying,

“Joma, ang wish ko sa buhay, maski wala ka nang silbi sa mundong ito, mabubuhay ka pa rin ng mga 1,000 years para ikot ng ikot ka na lang dito sa mundo (I wish you will live for 1,000 years even if you no longer have a purpose so you can roam around aimlessly on earth),"

President Duterte started his term at the age of 71 and his health has been a concern to many Filipinos. It has become a public interest lately because it depicts his capability to lead the entire country.

Last July 22, President Duterte dropped by at Cardinal Santos Medical Center a day before his 3rd State of the Nation Address. The Palace later on announced that it was a “routine medical checkup,”.

Another instance showed how the President tried to hide the truth about his health. Back in 2016, his staff did not tell the real reason behind his sudden flight back to Davao City and missed an event in Ortigas. As it turns out, he was in Cardinal Santos Medical Center due to “severe migraine” and “chest cold”.

The president defended his side and said that he only did it so that the press won’t be going into his hospital room.

In accordance with 1987 Constitution Article VII Section 12, the President should be transparent when it comes to his health.

“In case of serious illness of the President, the public shall be informed of the state of his health. The members of the Cabinet in charge of national security and foreign relations and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, shall not be denied access to the President during such illness.”

KAMI learned through a report by Rappler about the President’s various health concerns:

• Admitted having Buerger’s Disease, Barrett’s Esophagus, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

• Spinal issues

• Frequent migraines

• Sleeps with the aid of an oxygen concentrator

• Has used fentanyl patches

• Has a cardiopulmonary doctor

Here are some of the events he missed due to his health issues:

• Independence Day ceremony in 2017

• 2 summits in Laos: the ASEAN-US and ASEAN-India summits

• Photo-op of ASEAN leaders with US President Barack Obama, also in Laos

• APEC family photo in Peru

• APEC economic leaders retreat

• APEC gala dinner hosted by Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

• Go Negosyo summit in Davao

• Campaign speech in 2016

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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