Duterte collapse behind absence in APEC dinner, cancelled meeting with Bangladeshi officials— report

Is President Rodrigo Duterte in poor health?
Speculation about Duterte’s state of health has surfaced following reports that he collapsed not just once, but twice this month.
Citing his “best authority,” former senator Francisco Tatad evealed that Duterte had to skip the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gala dinner for leaders in Peru on Nov. 19 (Nov. 20 in Manila) because he collapsed shortly before the event.
“[Secretary to the Cabinet Jun] Evasco and his undersecretary Delfin ‘Dale’ Cabrera were meeting with a private group in Malacañang when they received the urgent bulletin from Lima about what happened,” Tatad said in his Manila Times column published Wednesday (Nov. 30).
Tatad said Duterte had to cancel his scheduled meeting with Bangladeshi officials last Monday (Nov. 28) because he passed out yet again.
Palace officials had denied the President’s supposed fainting spell, saying there’s nothing wrong with him.
“We would like to assure our people that the President is in good physical and mental health. He is strong and agile and can stand the responsibilities and demands of the presidency,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that day.
Tatad, however, had a different story.
“According to our best sources, it happened in the morning without any warning. The President was reportedly in a huddle with Evasco, Cabrera and Bong Go when he suddenly lost his balance. Cabrera caught him as he threatened to fall, and he was quickly assisted by the others. The President was then taken to infirmary where the doctors checked him,” he said.

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