Duterte ‘still healthy’ after dealing with gastrointestinal ailment, procedures

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 22 2018 07:28 PM | Updated as of Sep 23 2018 08:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday acknowledged dealing with various ailments, but assured the public that he continues to be “healthy.” Karl Norman Alonzo, Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday acknowledged dealing with ailments, but assured that he remains “healthy.”

Duterte said his doctor diagnosed him with Barrett’s esophagus.

“I had mine colonoscopy and endoscopy about a week ago. (Jose Sollano) did the procedure and he said that . . . Well, I have a bad case of Barrett. He said, if you’ll just stop drinking, you will live,” Duterte said in a speech at the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology forum in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

“Historically, I took after my mother who was always constipated. That was her complaint, but she lived to be 96 years old. So if you want to live forever, pray for constipation.”

Duterte is also dealing with a spinal injury, which he sustained in a motorcycle accident.

“That’s the reason why you see me pushing my neck even in public, even when I’m talking . . . I’m just to . . . to lessen the pressure,” he said.

Despite this, Duterte said he is in good health.

“Maybe God is sometimes kind. He builds your immunity system that good, because some of them are . . . I’m 73, and they are still very good, still healthy, no problem,” he said.

Last month, Malacañang assured the public that Duterte will follow the Constitution and disclose the status of his health if he is afflicted with a serious illness, amid lingering rumors about the chief executive’s health.