Philippines: Duterte tests negative for cancer but must ease off booze

AFTER a brief health scare last week, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he has tested negative for cancer, but doctors said he must cease drinking alcohol due to a “badly eroded” colon. “If you mean was I found positive of cancer? No, it’s not the colon. It’s my Barret’s [esophagus]. It’s badly eroded and I was told to stop drinking years ago,” Duterte told reporters on Tuesday, as quoted by ABS-CBN News. “As of late, I went back to the habit. I don’t know for one reason or another, I just like to drink. Now actually, before I sleep, even if I’m alone, I have three shots before I sleep,” he added. “I’m not cancerous so don’t be afraid to come near me.” Duterte added a biopsy done last week shows he does not have cancer, after calls from the public for information after the 73-year-old missed two official events...


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