Duterte wearing ‘symbol of peace’ – not ‘medical plaster’ – on wrist

Published February 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling 

President Duterte is showing his commitment to solidarity for peace by sporting a white wristband, according to a Palace official.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo explained that the President’s wristband was a peace symbol, and not a medical plaster as some suspected.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

“It was a more symbolic of his wanting peace in the Philippines…It’s not a medical plaster,” Panelo said during a Palace press briefing.

“Noong nakita ko ang white, it was a symbol for peace. Gusto niya palagi ng kapayapaan sa ating bansa (When I saw it was white, it was a symbol for peace. He always wants peace in the country) that’s why he goes out of his way to have peace with the communist rebels, the Muslim rebels. He does not want to shed blood,” he said.

He noted that the President’s latest gear was similar to that of former President Joseph Estrada who wore a white band on his right hand during his term.

Panelo also assured the public that the President will remain transparent about his health condition.

“The President will tell us if he is not feeling well. Wala nga tinatago. Lahat sinasabi niya sa atin (He is not hiding anything. He tells us everything),” he said.

The President wore the white wristband on his right arm during the inauguration of the Sangley airport in Cavite last Saturday. He did not say anything about his wristband during his speech.