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Duterte denies flying to Singapore


President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday quashed rumors that he supposedly flew to Singapore over the weekend due to a medical health emergency.

In a short Facebook live video shot by Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, Duterte assured the public that he never left his hometown as a precaution against catching coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“Well as you can see clearly, I’ve been in Davao all along. I have been avoiding Covid,” he said.

Duterte also took the opportunity to remind the public to strictly observe minimum health and safety standards.

“The admonition is wash your hands, wear a mask, cover your eyes and stay home. That’s what I did. I’m here in Davao. Don’t believe the rumors,” he said.

Go, for his part, said Duterte went on cam shortly before meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

“The President is here, he’s on his way to attend his talk to the people and IATF meeting,” Go said.

He urged fake news peddlers to refrain from spreading lies on social media.

“To those peddling fake news, have some conscience. The President is working for the country,” he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said Duterte is in good health and continues to receive regular reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) or swab tests to ensure he is fit to perform his duty as the country’s highest elected official.

He said the Presidential Security Group has exercised “prudence” in safeguarding the President’s physical well-being.

Since he assumed the presidency, Duterte’s health has always been subject to speculations.

The 75-year-old President suffers from back problems, migraines, and Buerger's disease — an inflammation of small- and medium-sized blood vessels.

In November 2019, he admitted that age is taking a toll on his health but maintained that these health issues will not hinder him from performing his duties as President.*PNA


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