Spokesman Says Duterte Should Disclose Health Status

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should consider publicly disclosing the state of his health to stop speculation after revealing he underwent medical tests that may show if he has cancer, his spokesman said Friday. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque told a news conference that the president can't be compelled to disclose his health condition under the constitution unless he has a serious illness, but that he plans to ask Duterte to issue a statement on his health to end the uncertainty. "I will tell, perhaps, we need to issue a medical bulletin, whether or not it's serious. Perhaps we would need to bring in your physician because it's the only way to stop all talk about your health," Roque said. Duterte said in a speech Thursday that he underwent an endoscopy and colonoscopy about three weeks ago but his doctor was advised this week to repeat the tests with tissue samples, which may show whether he has cancer. The tests aim to diagnose any abnormality in the digestive tract and colon. "I don't know where I'm now physically but I have to wait for that. But I would tell you if it's cancer, it's cancer," the 73-year-old Duterte told a military gathering. Duterte added that "if it's third stage, no more treatment. I will not prolong the agony in this office or anywhere." Asked to disclose more details about Duterte's condition, Roque said he did not know much but that the president had disclosed in a meeting Thursday with top police and military officials that doctors needed to do another test "because they wanted just to be sure that there was a growth and that they wanted to know more about the growth." Rumors have swirled for some time that the Duterte, known for his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, might have... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Spokesman Says Duterte Should Disclose Health Status, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Spokesman Says Duterte Should Disclose Health Status





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 5 October, 2018



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