LOOK: Duterte visits dengue-stricken daughter Kitty


Posted at Oct 08 2019 08:32 AM | Updated as of Oct 08 2019 04:46 PM

This screengrab shows President Rodrigo Duterte visiting his daughter Kitty in a hospital. Instagram Stories/@n00bumi/@vduterteee 

MANILA (UPDATE)— President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night visited his youngest daughter in a hospital, following reports that she contracted dengue.

Veronica "Kitty" Duterte shared on Instagram Stories a short video of her father in her hospital room, with the caption "with daddy shark."

The clip, which showed Kitty with a dextrose tube on her right hand, was originally posted by Instagram user @n00bumi.

The President's daughter is getting well, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters, citing information from Veronica's mother Honeylet Avanceña.

Duterte is still by his daughter's bedside, he added.

"'Di ba he's still there? Mukhang wala pa siya rito. Tinext ko, wala pang sagot, ibig sabihin nandoon siya," Panelo said.

(Isn't he still there? It seems he has not returned here. I messaged him, he has yet to answer, which means he's still there.)

Duterte was reported Sunday to be rushing home to see Kitty after a week-long trip to Russia. Avanceña, his common-law wife, also cut short her Germany trip to be with their daughter, another source said.

An ABS-CBN News source earlier confirmed that Kitty had contracted dengue despite being among thousands of Filipino students inoculated with the controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

The government in late 2017 stopped the distribution of Dengvaxia after French drug maker Sanofi Pasteur admitted that it may trigger more severe symptoms if given to those who have not had dengue. Authorities disagree publicly over whether the vaccine, the first of its kind, could have contributed to the deaths of several children.

The controversy spawned a vaccination scare that led to a drop in immunization coverage in the country to 40 percent last year, from an average 70 percent in recent years.

The Health department monitored 188,562 dengue cases nationwide from Jan. 1 to Aug. 3, around double the 93,149 cases recorded during the same period last year.