President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he’s no longer at the peak of his health— and he has no qualms admitting his ailments.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News Thursday (Dec. 29) Duterte criticized those raising questions about his health, pointing out that even the father of his interviewer, Lynda Jumilla, takes medicines to manage his cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.
“Kaya magtanong ‘yung mga tao, iyan ba si Duterte, okay ba ‘yan? Eh g*** ka pala, saan ka makakita dito na 72 na in perfect health, in the pink of his — his prime life?” he said.
There have been calls for Malacañang to come clean about the state of Duterte’s health following reports that he supposedly fainted twice last November.
The President, however, has admitted to having frequent migraine attacks and a slipped disc. He said he is also afflicted with Barrett’s esophagus, an ailment defined by the Mayo Clinic as involving the replacement of the esophagus’ tissue by tissues similar to the intestinal lining.
During the interview, Duterte said he no longer has the ailment he disclosed during the campaign, Buerger’s disease, since he already stopped smoking.