By Genalyn Kabiling
The communist leader Jose Maria Sison played in the hands of President Duterte when he claimed that the Chief Executive was probably in a coma last weekend.
The president fired this Thursday and said that he deliberately misinformed his alleged ill-health, and Sison took the bait.
"He played in my hands, Alam ko kagatin niya [I knew he will take the bait]. To prove sabi ko, I was really waiting for the announcement. He really played in my hands, "said Duterte during the celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City on the occasion of the 12th anniversary.
Duterte explained that when some people inquired about his condition, he gave them wrong information about some life-threatening illnesses. He said that in his recent interviews with people he suffered from stage 3 cancer and kidney failure.
Such false information eventually reached Sison, which then spread rumors that he was in a coma "subject to verification," the president said.
Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), had previously shared on Facebook that the president had fallen into a coma last Sunday, citing reports of his weak health in a public involvement in Davao City.
He claimed that some people who had seen the president at the San Beda Law fraternity LexTalionis event last Saturday "reported that the darkness of his face had worsened since his appearance and that his walk and handshake had become more unstable."
The president appeared on Facebook video last Monday in the middle of a dinner meeting with a former government official and said he & # 39; living & # 39; and & # 39; reasonably healthy & # 39; used to be.
The next day, Duterte gave a two-hour speech at a meeting of mayors in Cebu City, conceding that he was in constant pain because of a spinal injury due to a motorcycle accident several years ago. Duterte, however, said that he believes he still has a long life ahead of him.
In his remarks in Davao, the president stressed that Sison was suffering from colon cancer.
He also insisted that Sison, who lives in exile in the Netherlands, was a "freeloader" who had benefited from the generosity of the host country.
"If I see you in hell, I will beat you," he said in Filipino.