Duque: Don’t be alarmed by President’s health

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 05:36 PM October 06, 2018
Francisco Duque III

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. (File photo by NOY MORCOSO /

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III advised the public on Saturday not to be alarmed by the detection of a “growth” in the digestive tract of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The President’s endoscopy showed what appeared to be “growth” in his digestive tract, which would require him to undergo more tests.


According to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the President had his checkup on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Cardinal Santos Hospital in San Juan.

READ: Possible ‘growth’ seen in Duterte’s digestive tract after test – Palace

Asked if the public should worry on Duterte’s digestive tract, Duque said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo that the President would continue with his duties and responsibilities.


Duque said he saw no signs of the President getting weak during Cabinet meeting.

He added the President’s weight loss was probably due to frequent trips to places hit by calamities, such as Northern and Central Luzon, which were devastated by Typhoon Ompong, and Naga City in Cebu which was hit by landslide.

“Siyempre pagod din si Pangulo,” he said.

[Of course the President is tired.] /atm

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