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Palace on Duterte health survey: Natural maging concerned, tanders na siya!

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang has defended President Rodrigo Duterte against rumors about his health status, saying it is only natural for elderly people to experience problems related to health.

“Well, alam mo naman na sino ba namang 73 years old na—,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said in an interview on RMN.

“Eh pagtungtong mo ng 40, ayan na iyon, tataas na iyong yung uric acid, tataas na iyong blood pressure, etc. Eh alam mo, sa edad niya sa 73 ay extraordinary pa iyang mga activities ni Presidente, mas grabe nga iyong activities niya kaysa any normal person at the age of 73 ha. Kung saan-saan siya bumibiyahe, kung saan-saan napapadpad, tapos late hours,” Andanar said.

The PCOO chief was reacting to the latest poll by the Social Weather Station (SWS) showing that 45 percent of adult Filipinos believe Duterte has health problems.

Twenty six percent of the 1,500 respondents do not believe Duterte is sick, while 29 percent were undecided.

Andanar also justified Duterte’s recent Hongkong visit. The trip, he said, was an opportunity for the President t relax and unwind from stress.

“Siguro naman sa pagkakataon ito na magbakasyon siya kasama ang kanyang pamilya ay pagbigyan na natin. Sapagkat kailangan din mag-relax, hindi naman puwedeng puro stress lang, di ba. Kailangan ma-release iyong stress para pagbalik niya dito sa Pilipinas ay sariwa na naman ang isipan, ganoon iyon,” according to him.