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Duterte afflicted with ‘battery syndrome’: Ang positive nagiging negative

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte said in jest that his doctors in Hong Kong diagnosed him with “battery syndrome.”

Duterte went on a trip to Hongkong over the weekend with his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña and their daughter Veronica.

“Dito sa Pilipinas, negative ako. Pagpunta ko sa Hong Kong, nag-positive ako. So sabi ko sa doktor, ‘Ano ang sakit ko?’ Sabi niya, ‘Battery syndrome’,” the chief executive said on Tuesday.

“Baka may nainom ako na nahigop na ‘yung ano sa baterya, kaya nasunog. Battery syndrome. You ask me now, what is it. You ask me,” he added.

Asked to clarify what he meant by “battery syndrome,” Duterte said: “This is a battery syndrome because may positive, negative na. Kagaya ng baterya.”

“Doon sa Hong Kong. Alam mo bakit ginawa ko ‘yan? Kay kung dito ko sabihin negative ako, sabihin man ng mga kalaban ko, positive ako. Kung sabihin ko rin positive ako, sabihin, “Ah drama lang ‘yan. Negative ‘yan.” So gawa-gawa din ako ng istorya,” he further explained.