Abella’s assurances, Bong Go’s photos not enough: Kiko says Duterte must bare true health
Malacanang’s vague assurances of President Rodrigo Duterte’s health are not enough, according to Sen. Kiko Pangilinan.
Pangilinan said Malacanang was bound by the Constitution to fully disclose Duterte’s real health condition.
Section 12 of the 1987 Constitution mandates: ” In case of serious illness of the President, the public shall be informed of the state of his health. The members of the Cabinet in charge of national security and foreign relations and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, shall not be denied access to the President during such illness.”
Duterte has not been seeen in public for the last four days and Malacanang has not announced when the 72-year old leader would make a public appearance.
Pangilinan said that Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella’s feeble assurances that the President was just resting and photos by Presidential Special Assistant Bong Go of a working president would not suffice to meet Malacanang’s duty to inform the public.
”While I accept the explanation of Malacanang that he was tired and needed rest, the 4 day absence was a concern considering the current situation. If the President has a medical condition preventing him from fulfiling his duties as commander in chief and is not simply ‘just resting’ then the public deserves to know the truth,” said Pangilinan.