MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday appeared in a live video posted by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, dispelling rumors about his health.
Duterte was shown having dinner in a hotel in Davao City with a woman he only identified as "Vernice."
The woman the President had dinner with is Frances Veronica "Vernice" Victorio, a former commissioner of the Climate Change Commission.
According to Duterte, he invited Victorio for dinner to talk about "many things."
"I'm alive. Fairly healthy and I'm having dinner with a beautiful lady from Davao, Vernice. She's only from Harvard, babalik 'yun. I invited her to discuss many things along the way when she comes back," he said.
Duterte also said he will rise from coma if he sees Victorio.
"Okay pa naman ako. Sabi nila, comatose. How can you be comatose with a beautiful lady. Kung comatose ako, makita ko si Vernice, talagang babangon ako," he said.
Victorio was appointed by former president Benigno Aquino III as climate change commissioner in 2016. -- with a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News