Officials: Duterte Told Cabinet he Doesn't Have Cancer

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told his Cabinet that medical tests show he doesn't have cancer, though he won't be releasing a detailed public report on his health, officials said Tuesday. Interior official Eduardo Ano told reporters that Duterte announced his test results in a meeting Monday night, eliciting applause from Cabinet officials. Two other Cabinet officials made a similar statement.   The announcement came amid growing uncertainty about the 73-year-old leader's health after he said in a speech last week that he may have cancer and was awaiting test results.   Ano said that midway through the Cabinet meeting the president said his tests were negative.   "We applauded and told him, 'Congratulations Mr. President,'" Ano said.   Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte would abide by the country's constitution, which requires presidents to publicly disclose any serious illness, but he added that since "it is not serious, he will treat his medical condition as confidential.'' "He wants his medical information to remain confidential and private,'' Roque told a news conference.   Duterte said he underwent an endoscopy and colonoscopy about three weeks ago but his doctor was advised this week to repeat the tests. Both tests aim to diagnose any abnormality in the digestive tract and colon, including harmless or cancerous growths.   Duterte failed to hold a scheduled Cabinet meeting and skipped another ceremony last Wednesday leading to speculation that he had been hospitalized. His spokesman had denied that.   Rumors have swirled since last year that Duterte might have a serious illness. Duterte and his aides, however, have given assurances that he's generally fit, although he had said in recent months that he had grown tired of politics, including deeply entrenched government corruption and the national drug problem.   Duterte took office in June 2016 for... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Officials: Duterte Told Cabinet he Doesn't Have Cancer, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Officials: Duterte Told Cabinet he Doesn't Have Cancer





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 9 October, 2018



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