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Duterte wearing face mask a sign of serious illness – Alejano

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

An image of President Rodrigo wearing a face mask is an indication of a serious illness, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said Sunday.

Alejano made the statement after journalist Ellen Tordesillas broke the news on Saturday about the President’s private trip in Hong Kong. He was photographed wearing a mask while shopping at the Uniqlo store in Hong Kong.

“Nakatakip ang mukha ng pangulo ng mask. Isa itong indikasyon na may malubha siyang sakit na iniiwasang maimpeksiyon,” said Alejano.

Alejano said Duterte doesn’t need to disguise his identity while taking his supposed quick break at the former British colony, since many Filipinos there can at least identify his other companions.

“Naniniwala ako na ang pagsuot ng mask ay hindi para ikubli ang pagkatao ng Pangulo dahil kilala naman ng libu-libong Pilipino sa Hong Kong si SAP Bong Go, Honeylet Avanceña at ang anak nito, pati ang halos dalawampung security escorts na kasama ng pangulo,” said Alejano.

Alejano urged anew Malacañang to reveal the President’s real health status since it is a matter of public interest.

“Muli, nanawagan ako sa Malacañang na isa-publiko ang tunay na estado ng kalusugan ng pangulo. Nais natin na malusog siya at nasa tamang kondisyon at pag-iisip upang maharap niya ang samu’t saring problema na kinakaharap ng bansa ngayon,” said Alejano.