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Duterte coughs in mid-speech and jokes: ‘Baka cancer’

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 07:40 PM March 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —President Rodrigo Duterte apologized on Thursday for coughing in the middle of his address, joking that his coughs “could be cancer.”

“Pasensya na kayo. I don’t know, but ‘yung pag-ubo ko, progressive. Baka cancer, ang p…,” he said in his speech during the joint meeting of the National Task Force and Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in Eastern Visayas.

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(I’m sorry. I don’t know, but my coughs are progressive. Maybe it’s cancer.)

His audience only laughed after his quip.

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In August last year, Duterte revealed that his Barrett’s esophagus was deteriorating, with his doctor advising him to watch his diet because it could progress to stage 1 cancer.

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