Duterte admits undergoing colonoscopy, endoscopy; Palace says ‘he’s fine’

By: - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ
/ 02:53 PM September 23, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that he underwent endoscopy and colonoscopy a week ago, but Malacañang said it was just a “routine” checkup and is not a cause for worry.

“[It’s a] routine [checkup]. He’s fine,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told INQUIRER.net in a text message.


Endoscopy is a nonsurgical procedure to examine a person’s digestive track. Colonoscopy, on the other hand, is a procedure that checks if there are abnormalities in the large intestine and rectum.

Duterte made the admission during a clinical forum in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Friday.


The procedures were performed by his gastroenterologist, Dr. Joey Sollano. Duterte also said he has  a “bad case of Barrett.”

“I had my colonoscopy and endoscopy about a week ago,” Duterte said in a speech during the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum.

“Joey [Dr. Sollano], did the procedure and he said that… Well, I have a bad case of Barrett. He said, if you’ll just stop drinking, you will live,” Duterte said.

In August, the President revealed that he is in “perpetual pain” due to a spinal injury following a motorcycle accident. /ee

READ: Duterte: I’m in perpetual pain

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