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Cancer-free Duterte jokes reporters: I won’t contaminate you

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has no cancer.

The chief executive made the statement after the oath taking of the newly elected officers of the Malacañang Press Corps in Malacañang on Tuesday.

“Hindi pa ako cancerous so do not be afraid to go near me. I will not contaminate you,” Duterte said.

The President last week revealed that he went to Cardinal Santos Medical Santos in San Juan City for some tests. He said he also had endoscopy and colonoscopy three weeks ago.

While he’s cancer-free, Duterte said he was advised by his doctors to go easy on alcohol.

“As of late, bumalik kasi ako. I don’t know for one reason or another, I just like to drink, brandy po. Before I sleep, even if I’m alone, nag-three shots ako bago matulog,” the chief executive said.