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Tsismis ‘yan! Palace denies Duterte went to Hong Kong for medical consultation

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang on Monday denied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte went to Hong Kong to seek medical consultation.

“Ay tsismis lang iyan. Nakita naman natin sa mga picture na nandoon, eh nagiikot-ikot si Presidente at tumitingin ng mga mabibiling dilaw na damit,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

Duterte, Andanar said, flew to Hongkong to bond with his family.

The chief executive’s trip came a few days after he admitted he underwent endoscopy and colonoscopy three weeks ago, and visited the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City for some tests.

“Palagay ko naman ang pinakamahalaga ay maintindihan natin na meron ding pamilya ang ating mahal na Pangulo, meron din siyang anak na teenager. Siguro kailangan din mag-bonding kasi lahat ng oras ng Pangulo ay nasa public service,” the Presidential Communications Operations Office chief said.

“Siyempre kailangan talaga ng oras sa pamilya. Eh kahit iyong iba (inaudible) gathered family. So kailangan eh magandang ehemplo din iyan na ipapakita ni Presidente sa ating lahat,” he added.