President Duterte is not in a coma but in a 'kama & # 39; (bed), his adjutant said Monday, while Malacañang scoffed at the assertion of the exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison that Duterte had fallen into unconsciousness.
Sison said another report that circulated was that Davao City mayor Sara Duterte, the president's daughter, and key members of the cabinet had "formed a nurturing committee to lead the government while Duterte is having a period."
Duterte is alive
But the special assistant of President Christopher Go said that Sison was dreaming. "[The President] lies in bed at rest when I spoke to him at two o'clock, "Go said Monday.
Go shot a video of Mr. Duterte in Davao City and showed it live on Facebook on Monday night.
The video showed the president at a table with a woman and waited for dinner at a place that did not identify Go. He also did not identify the woman.
"I am alive, reasonably healthy and I am going to have dinner with a beautiful lady," said Duterte in the video.
The president said it was Sison who was ill because the communist leader had been in and out of the hospital in the Netherlands.
"The truth is that the Netherlands complains because you went in and out of the hospital, you do not pay and you abuse the hospitality of the Netherlands," Duterte said.
The president urged Sison to come home when he was sick. "We will offer you space" in New Bilibid Prison, said Mr. Duterte.
Mr. Duterte has been in Davao City since Friday.
Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, posted a photo of Mr. Duterte on his Facebook account that mingled with his Lex Talionis brotherhood brothers in the night of Aug. 18.
Sison said: "those who saw him reported that the darkness of his face had got worse" and that his walk and handshake had become more unstable.
"The last report (to be verified or ignored) is that Duterte has gone into a coma since the afternoon or evening [Sunday]," he said.
Sison said that people were waiting for the appearance of Mr. Duterte and a medical bulletin from Malacañang.
Earlier on Monday, the palace insisted that the president did well.
The main presidential legal adviser, Salvador Panelo, said that Sison had received incorrect information. "Unlike Joma Sison, the president is in healthy health."
Reacting to Sison's Facebook post, Harry Roque, president-spokesman, said: "That is always wishful thinking [Sison’s] but the president is here to stay. & # 39;
Roque added: & # 39; I do not know if he (Sison) can say the same thing [about] himself and his movement. "
Roque wondered at a newslettering how Sison would know the state of health of the president when the communist leader was in the & # 39; distant & # 39; Netherlands, where he has been in exile for decades.
Quotes former Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre II, a fraternity brother of Mr. Duterte, Roque said the president was "fine."
Duterte stayed up to midnight on Saturday and was "very excited", enjoying the company of his brotherhood brothers, according to Roque.
Asked about the darker skin color of the president, Roque said he did not know whether the president was wearing facial powder when he was told that he was attending the national convention of his brotherhood.
On the unstable movements of Mr. Duterte, Roque said that when the president was shaking, it was anger over the unbridled corruption in the government.
The president has admitted that he suffers from four different ailments, including Buerger's disease, a condition that leads to narrowing of blood vessels due to accumulation of nicotine.
On many occasions Duterte had to skip important official functions for health reasons.
The president had also admitted that he was addicted to Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that is widely used by cancer patients.
& # 39; Clean ship & # 39;
Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Sunday urged Malacañang to clean up and announce the state of health of Mr. Duterte, days after the president spoke again about quitting because he was getting tired and tired.
"His long absence from the public, even during major events, raises speculation [about] the [status of his] health, "Alejano said in a statement.
The 1987 Constitution guarantees the right of people to information about the health of the president, he said.
In the Senate allies of Mr. Dutered the rumors that he would fall into a coma.
"The president is healthy," said Senator Aquilino Pimentel III in a text message to reporters.
Senator Cynthia Villar said the president was fine when she met him a few days ago in Davao City. –WITH REPORTS OF DJ YAP AND MARLON RAMOS
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