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Kaya pa ba? Majority of Filipinos worry about Duterte’s health

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Majority of Filipinos are worried about President Rodrigo Duterte’s health, according to the latest survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Results of the survey conducted in the fourth quarter of 2019 showed 72 percent of respondents are worried about the President’s health. 15 percent are “somewhat not worried” and 13 percent are not worried at all about his health.

SWS said the survey outcomes are similar to the results in June 2019, which showed 74 percent were worried about Duterte’s health and 26 percent were not worried.

Across geographic regions, concern about Duterte’s health is highest in Mindanao at 77%, followed by Visayas at 75%, Metro Manila at 73%, and Balance Luzon at 69%.

The survey also found that six out of 10 respondents, or 61 percent, believe Duterte’s health is a public matter that the public should be informed about.

Close to four out of 10 respondents, or 37 percent, said Duterte’s health is a private matter and the public doesn’t need to be informed about it.

Duterte has been vocal about suffering from various ailments, including Buerger’s disease and Barrett’s esophagus, which are linked to his previous smoking habit. He has also complained about migraine and spinal pain due to a motorcycle accident in his younger years.

SWS conducted the survey nationwide from December 13 to 16, 2019 with 1,200 adults as respondents. It has a margin of error of ±3% for national percentages.

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