LUCENA CITY – Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison challenged President Duterte on Saturday to join him to reveal their latest medical information and eventually settle questions about their health.
The 79-year-old Sison said that the constitution stipulates that it is the public's right to state the health status of the 73-year-old Mr. To know Duterte.
"If he clearly demonstrates this with a certification from doctors at the Philippine General Hospital, I will publish my own medical certification from the hospital despite my right to privacy as a private citizen," Sison said from Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Sison had admitted that he had been hospitalized at the University Medical Center in Utrecht last year for a month.
But he said that after three weeks of diagnosis and treatment and a week of observation for rheumatoid arthritis and skin allergy he was discharged with a clean health certificate.
"[There were] no findings of cancer of any kind, heart problems or other malignancies, which are life-threatening, "Sison said to the statement of Mr. Duterte that the communist leader was incurably ill.
The president had repeatedly claimed since last year that Sison had been operated on malignant tumors several times and that the cancer had spread to his pancreas.
Mr. Duterte, on the other hand, had admitted that he was suffering from Buerger, a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs.
Mr. Duterte also suffered from persistent pain caused by injuries caused by a motorcycle accident, for which he regularly takes the powerful pain killer fentanyl.
On Monday, Sison claimed that Mr. Duterte had not made any public appearances because he had been comatose, which Malacañang quickly noticed as "fake news" & # 39;
Duterte spoke on the 12th anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City on Thursday, reiterating his claim that Sison was dying of cancer.
In his speech, Mr. Duterte said that he had allowed assistants to spread false rumors about his health in order to scare away Sison to make it a problem.
Sison later confirmed that "indeed, the report came out of his direction."
"At least I wish him a good cause and I wish him my current age," said Sison about his former student at the university.
"I do not mean that he should die, but to give up his job because people are getting tired of him doing his job badly and making the country's problems much worse than before," Sison added. .
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