MANILA- "What you see is what you get."
This was President Rodrigo Duterte's response to questions regarding his health following rumors that he was ill.
"My state of health is what you see is what you get," he told a reporter in Butuan City Saturday.
Asked where he has been during the past few days, Duterte said he went on a trip and cannot disclose the details.
"I went on a trip somewhere, I cannot divulge it. I had to go there incognito. Yan ang totoo. Confidential. I traveled like a private citizen para makaabot sa gusto kong puntahan," he said.
Duterte was not present during Independence Day rites at Rizal Park on Monday, supposedly his first as president, fueling speculation surrounding his health.
Some lawmakers have called on Malacañang to release a medical bulletin of the president's condition during his time away from the public.
Malacañang on Thursday released photos of Duterte to quell rumors, explaining that the president was simply resting.
On Saturday, Duterte appeared for the first time in public after his 5-day hiatus and delivered two speeches in Agusan del Norte.
The president explained there is no need to worry about him, saying he is "good" and noted that what is important is there is a vice president to succeed him in case something happens to him.
"May bise presidente tayo, ano ba problema ninyo?" he said. "Do not worry, there is a vice president who will take over. My state of health is immaterial. Ang importante is may successor."
The Constitution provides that the vice president “shall become the president to serve the unexpired term,” in case the incumbent chief executive dies.