By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Despite his deteriorating health because of old age, President Duterte said he can still perform his duties as President.
Duterte made the statement weeks after he said that he was not healthy as he used to be, saying that life has begun to take its toll on him.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Duterte admitted that he was not as healthy as he used to be. However, he said his health issues will not hinder him from performing his duties as President.
“My health is deteriorating. Every time you ask it, additional, there’s additional affliction,” he said Friday evening.
“‘Wag mo akong tanungin (Do not ask me) if I am in the best or in the pink of health. I am not. Meron akong mga ano sa katawan. May kagat ako sa lamok, akala ko dengue hindi naman pala. Nakaapak ako ng thumbtacks akala ko na tetanus ako, wala naman palang ano (I have issues all over. I was once bitten by a mosquito, I thought I’d have dengue but I didn’t. I stepped on a thumbtack, I thought I’d get tetanus but I didn’t. It’s nothing),” he added.
“You did not get anything. Actually for purposes of performing, my functions as President, I’m alright,” he continued.
Malacañang has assured that President Duterte was fit to fulfill his duties as the country’s leader despite complaining of illnesses, saying it was only normal for a man Duterte’s age to not be in the best of their health.
“Kung sinabi ko noon na (If I said before that) he was in the pink of health, ngayon (now) I think he is now in the green of health. Hindi na pink, green lang (It’s not pink anymore, it’s green),” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said early this month.
“Which is kung ano yung sakit ng mga matatanda sa edad niya (So whatever kind of sickness a man his age was experiencing), ordinarily he has that,” he added.
President Duterte returned to the Philippines on Tuesday after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit.
The President’s health condition has sparked concerns about his fitness to lead the country. Last month, Duterte had to cut his trip to Tokyo, Japan short because of muscle spasms which resulted from a recent minor motorcycle accident.
In his meeting with members of the Filipino community in Moscow, Russia last month, Duterte revealed that he was suffering from “myasthenia gravis,” a disease that causes muscle weakness.
Duterte was also seen last month wearing a personal wearable air purifier to protect himself from those who have coughs and colds.
Duterte has revealed he had undergone colonoscopy and endoscopy and that he has been undergoing regular blood tests.
He also previously admitted that he was suffering from Buerger’s disease, migraine, and back pains due to smoking during his youth.
Last year, the discoloration of Duterte’s face was once the subject of speculations which was followed by a cancer scare.