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President Duterte admits to losing sleep, weak appetite

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Amid his heavy workload, President Duterte is losing some sleep and weight.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President said he only sleeps around five hours after a busy workday, and has become thin due to decreased appetite.

“Five hours. Kulang talaga [I really lack sleep]. I’m most completely animated pagka mga seven to eight hours or longer,” the 74-year-old leader said in a television interview last Wednesday.

He said he prefers to go home to Davao City, his “comfort zone” where he can sleep longer and be with his children, but admitted that these domestic trips are costly.

“It’s too expensive but I come home because my comfort zone is my room and I like to smell the urine of my — almost all of my children,” said Duterte who stays at Bahay ng Pagbabago in Manila on weekdays and flies to his hometown on weekends.

“And I cannot sleep when — only with my children, only with my children. At saka ‘yung amoy ng kumot ko [and the smell of my blanket],” he added.

Duterte, who starts his day at noon, admitted feeling the “artificial” routine at work. “‘Pag gisingin ka na, it’s 12 o’clock ganyan, you go into the routine again. Maghintay ako then I look at a calendar, I’m full until the end of the week,” he said.

He admitted that he looks forward to Fridays since he would be going back home to Davao City.

“So Wednesday palang, mainit na ulo ko. Magkalma lang ako ‘pag walang — Friday na kasi pauwi na man. Pero ‘yung Monday, Tuesday, ah sus. Itapon ko minsan ‘yung papeles [I become bad-tempered by Wednesday. I only calm down by Friday because I’m coming home. But for Monday and Tuesday, sus. I would throw papers sometimes]

Apart from suffering from lack of sleep, Duterte confessed about having a weak appetite apparently due to old age.

“Now that I am — a little bit na lang, hindi naman little, older — I seem to be losing my appetite. Kaya ako nagpayat eh [that’s why I’m thinner],” he said.

“And I used to consume one cup of a… Ngayon, half of it will do and it can carry me until morning time,” he said.

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