By Argyll Geducos
President Duterte admitted that he was getting a “bit tired” of politics, saying his work was taking a toll on his health.
In an interview with RT, an international TV network funded by the Russian government, Duterte said that while he never really noticed that he’s been in the political scene for almost 32 years, he admitted that he was already getting a bit tired.
“Yes, a bit,” Duterte answered when asked if he was getting tired of the daily war that is politics.
“I would say physically there’s is always a diminution in the many hours you can stay awake and the number of days you’re out in the field inspecting public works and military camps and all, and going to the fronts… So those are the things that, maybe, added stress to me,” he said in the interview aired Friday.
“When you say bone-weary, when you are really weary of doing things, and I said because aside from the fact that you have to stay late and you have to travel, and then there is the tremendous stress of flying when bullets are whizzing around and I got a hole in one of the helicopters that I was,” he added.
However, President Duterte said that he just continues to do his job like he always did since he was first elected mayor of Davao City in 1988.
“I do my work just the same as earlier when I first entered politics in 1988,” he said. “I never counted the years that I was in politics, I was there just to work and work and work since 1988.”
A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that 72 percent of Filipinos were worried about the health condition of the 74-year-old leader. According to Malacañang, the figure meant that a lot of Filipinos love Duterte.
“I think it’s a given that any citizenry in a particular country should be interested and be worried about any state of health that the head of state has,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. “Of course we’re glad that people are worried because it only means that they love the President.”
“He may not be strong as a bull like you, much much younger, but certainly he can still function effectively as President,” he added.
President Duterte admitted in an interview in November 2019 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 an additional affliction,” Duterte told CNN Philippines.
Duterte’s health condition became a public concern last year after he figured in a minor motorcycle incident in October. Malacañang assured the public that there was nothing wrong with the President, but he had to cut short his trip to Tokyo for the ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito due to unbearable pain.
In his meeting with members of the Filipino community in Moscow, Russia in October 2019, Duterte revealed that he was suffering from “myasthenia gravis,” a disease that causes muscle weakness. The President was also seen wearing a personal wearable air purifier on several occasions to protect himself from airborne respiratory diseases.
Duterte also had a cancer scare in 2018.