by Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
The Palace yesterday maintained that President Duterte is in good health despite failing to appear in public since Monday.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said President Duterte has been in Davao City since Monday and is set to meet with Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev Thursday.
Abella, in a press briefing in Malacañang, said it would only be natural if the President took a break during his three-day stay in Davao City.
“His [The President’s] schedules are really brutal so anybody would need to rest. I’m not saying he’s resting right now, but in the past few days he probably was,” he said.
According to Abella, Duterte is already scheduled to attend a number of meetings in the next few days.
Last week, Duterte was present in at least eight events, including his visit last Sunday to the victims of the magnitude-6.7 earthquake which struck Surigao del Norte Friday evening.