By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos
President Duterte on Monday, February 6 denied that he flew to China to get cancer treatment during the December holidays last year.
Duterte took swipe at an unnamed columnist who made the accusation but instead of answering directly, the President answered in jest.
“Totoo, nagpunta ako sa China, totoo nagpunta ako ng ospital, nagpatuli ako (It’s true that I came to a hospital in China. I got circumcised again),” he said.
However, Duterte admitted that he was late to his events on Monday as he first saw his doctor after feeling pain in his heart.
“Na-late ako pardon me, nag-EKG (electrocardiogram) ako. I was not feeling well. Masakit man ang puso ko (Pardon me for being late, I felt pain in my heart),” he said during the 2017 tax campaign kick-off of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Pasay City.
He said his doctor, Dr. Del Rosario from the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan, came over to conduct the EKG and check his heart for problems.
“Pagdating ni Dra. Del Rosario sa Cardinal Santos, dala-dala ‘yung EKG niya, wala namang diperensya,’ he said. (She came with her EKG but it turns out there’s nothing wrong with my heart),” he said.
However, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, when asked by reporters to elaborate, said the Monday check-up was ‘just a story.’
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