MANILA - Malacañang on Wednesday brushed off Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison's dare for President Rodrigo Duterte to reveal his health condition.
"The President has again and again declared… And we can see that he is pretty much in control of his physiology. He seems to be in the best of health," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
Asked whether the President was willing to disclose his health records, Abella said there was "really no need to do that."
Sison brought up Duterte's health condition and disappearances from the public eye for days at a time after the President accused the rebel leader of having colon cancer on Monday.
The exiled Sison has dubbed the allegation as "a blatant lie."
Duterte's accusation comes on the heels of fatal encounters between state troops and rebel forces, which prompted him to nix peace negotiations with the communists.
Abella also downplayed a CPP statement claiming that the Duterte administration was "bound to face the Filipino and Moro people’s all-out resistance and it’s risking a fate worse than the detested US-Marcos dictatorship."
"They have a distorted perception of what the President is doing. The President has been very open. He has actually engaged them," Abella said.
"From where the President is coming from, he is actually bent over backwards in trying to accommodate them."
Duterte expressed disdain for the peace talks because the rebels did not show "commensurate response" to his efforts, he added.
Abella however clarified that Duterte has yet to issue a formal notice on the termination of the negotiations.