Palace: Duterte now in ‘green of health’, not pink
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is not in the “pink of health” now because he is in the “green of health,” Malacañang has declared.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo admitted Sunday that the Chief Executive is “not normal” anymore because of his various ailments, agreeing to what Duterte earlier confessed in a television interview that he is suffering from different disorders due to his advanced age. Duterte is now 74 years old.
Instead, Panelo described Duterte’s state of well-being today as “green of health.”
“Hindi ba sinabi ko na, kung sabihin mong normal, hindi siya normal kasi ang dami niyang nararamdman. Kumbaga, kung sinabi ko noon na he was in the pink of health, ngayon I think he is now in the green of health,” Panelo said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer on Sunday.
When asked to explain further, Panelo implied that “green of health” is a lower stage compared to “pink of health” – which means a physical condition is at its peak.
“Hindi na pink, green lang (No longer pink but just green). Which is kung ano ‘yong sakit ng matatanda sa edad niya (whatever sickness a person his age has), ordinarily he has that,” he noted.
There were speculations and questions about Duterte’s state of health especially after several incidents where he skipped certain engagements due to minor illnesses. The most recent of which was his trip to Japan, which he decided to cut short after complaining of “unbearable” back pain.
Duterte had previously admitted he has Buerger’s disease, an ailment where blood vessels thicken and are prone to clotting. He blamed his heavy-smoking during his younger years for it.
Despite these ailments, Panelo said Duterte would continue to work and would push through with his visit to Busan in South Korea for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Commemorative Summit.
“But, if you will notice kahit na ganyan siya, may nararamdaman, ‘yung kanyang schedule ganyan pa rin hindi naman nababago eh (even if he’s like that, not feeling well, his schedule stays the same, unchanged). Not only does he survives, (but) he also does it well,” he said.
“Trabaho pa rin. ‘Di ba sabi niya, ‘Kahit na ano gagawin ko trabaho ko kahit anong mangyari sa akin’. Unang-una, pupunta kami sa Busan in Korea, [November] 24 to 26,” he added.
(Still working. He said, ‘No matter what I will do my job whatever happens to me’. First off, we wil lgo to Busan in Korea, [November] 24 to 26.)
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