MANILA - After speculations about President Rodrigo Duterte's health arose in the past few weeks, Vice President Leni Robredo is happy to learn that the chief executive is cancer-free.
In a speech in Bacolod City on Wednesday, Robredo said that as government officials, they need to remain healthy so they can focus on public service.
"Hindi nakakabuti sa atin na may speculations. Sino ba naman magwi-wish ng ill sa pangulo? Kailangan ng bansa nating malusog ang kanyang mga namumuno," she said.
(Speculations are not good. Who would want to wish the President ill, right? Our country needs healthy leaders.)
The Vice President was the guest speaker at the 5th Provincial Congress of Negros Occidental Small Fisherfolk Association in Bacolod.
"Kailangan talaga ang trabaho namin 'yung focus, 'yung oras. Kailangan malusog kami. Nagpapasalamat tayo na finally kinonfront niya ang issue head-on," Robredo added.
(In our job, we need focus and time. We need to be healthy. We are grateful that finally, the President confronted the issue head-on.)
Special Assistant to the President Bong Go announced Tuesday the 73-year-old chief executive is "cancer-free" and can finish his term.
"Sorry to disappoint his critics, the President is very healthy and in high spirits. I know for a fact that he is cancer-free," Duterte's top aide said.
Duterte, who suffers from Barrett’s esophagus, a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease, recently underwent endoscopy to check a "growth" found in his digestive tract.
Speculations about his health went around after he missed a couple of events at the Palace. Duterte eventually bared that he underwent a medical check-up. --report from Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, ABS-CBN News