MANILA — Malacañang denied rumors that President Rodrigo R. Duterte was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan after ‘news’ of him suffering cardiac arrest circulated online.
“He should probably be in his quarters and resting, like what I will do in a few minutes,” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said..
Duterte was last seen during the mid-term elections in May 13: casting his vote at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also dismissed the cardiac arrest rumors, explaining that Duterte is in his residence in the Palace, signing papers.
“There is no truth to the rumor circulating that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is confined in Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan,” Panelo said.
“The President is in his residence at the Palace, signing papers. I just talked to him. He is neither confirming nor denying that he went to the hospital,” he added.
Presidential Security Group (PSG) spokesperson, Capt. Zeerah Blanche Lucrecia also clarified the rumors but did not metion the chief executive’s whereabouts after elections.
“No such incident involving the President took place. No further statement,” Lucrecia said in a separate message.
She explained that Duterte’s location are not to be disclosed due to security protocols.
“However, we can assure you that the President is well and good,” Lucrecia said.
Early this month, Duterte was out of the public eye which also caused a fiasco if what the chief executive was up to.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat shared to the media a photo of the Chief Executive watching "Django Unchained" on Netflix in his home in Davao City to dispel the rumors that he is sick.
Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes however, was quick to point out the slacking of the president.
Both Panelo and Communication Secretary Martin Andanar have defended Duterte watching television, saying it was only to ease the public concerns regarding the president’s health. (with reports from PNA)