- President Rodrigo Duterte reacted about the “fake news” that he went through a kidney transplant
- The news came from the column written by former Senator Francisco Tatad
- The Palace said that the President was pissed about the “fake news”
President Rodrigo Duterte had a negative reaction over the “fake news” which stated that he went through a kidney transplant. KAMI learned that former Senator Francisco Tatad was the one who wrote about the President’s death in his column.
In a report by CNN Philippines, President Duterte threw strong words against Tatad for spreading false information about his health.
"Ikaw, Tatad, there's a border between press freedom and pambabastos ng tao. Pag una kitang nakita, iwasan mo ko, p******** sasampalin kita," Duterte said.
President Duterte also gave a comment about Tatad’s virility as he attacked the journalist and former senator.
“Yang kantiyaw mo parang bastos na. Gusto mo talagang subukan kung meron pa kami o wala? May asawa ka? Pahiram mo sa akin,” the President said.
The President also said that it was Tatad who has health issues.
“‘Yung magbiro ka nang ganun na, ‘Si Duterte ano may cancer.’ P***** i**. Ikaw ‘yang may diabetes. Kaya ikaw ay hindi na pwede mag ganun,” Duterte stated.
According to a report by Manila Bulletin, the Palace defended the remark of President Duterte. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the President was pissed about the “fake news.”
“Well, it’s just a hyperbole, that’s just to dramatize that he’s still virile at his age and he’s pissed off. He’s pissed off with the kind of false news,” Panelo said.
“People have been used to this President–hyperbole, he uses certain situations and makes fun of it, make fun of me, and make fun of others. Pakwela lang naman,” he added.
Panelo also expressed his opinions about Tatad’s remark.
“Ang message ko kay Tatad: Noy, bago ka magpalabas ng mga column mo, mag-verify ka muna lang kasi. Verify,” the spokesperson said.
“Imagine, you’re saying kidney transplant, nanonood pala sa Megamall doon kay Bato (but he was watching a movie in Megamall on the day you said he had it). Your days are over as spokesman of the former President Marcos. Igalang natin,” Panelo added.
Ever since then, there have been rumors going around about the health of President Duterte. However, the Palace said that there is nothing to worry about the President. They also stated that the President will let the public know if ever he has an illness.
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