Duterte is can­cer-free, says An­da­nar

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has re­vealed that his med­i­cal test re­sults showed that he is free of can­cer, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Sec­re­tary Jose Ru­perto Martin An­da­nar said on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9.

An­da­nar said the Pres­i­dent told him and Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Car­los Dominguez III dur­ing the Cabi­net meet­ing held Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, that there was no need to re­lease a med­i­cal bul­letin since noth­ing se­ri­ous was found.

“Sa pagkakaintindi ko, walang sakit si Pres­i­dente na can­cer (Based on my un­der­stand­ing, the Pres­i­dent is not suf­fer­ing from can­cer),” An­da­nar said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view.

“’Yung us­apan namin ni Sec­re­tary Sonny at ni Pres­i­dente mismo, nan­doon ako, nakita ko, tinanong mismo ni Sec­re­tary Sonny kung kailan­gan pa bang mag-med­i­cal bul­letin. Sabi ni Pres­i­dente sa kanya, hindi na kailan­gan kasi neg­a­tive. Wala, neg­a­tive,” he added.

(My talk with Sec­re­tary Sonny and the Pres­i­dent, I was there and wit­nessed how Sec­re­tary Sonny asked the Pres­i­dent if there was a need for a med­i­cal bul­letin. The Pres­i­dent told him that there was no need be­cause he tested neg­a­tive. Noth­ing to wor­rry, it’s neg­a­tive.)

Con­cerns about the Pres­i­dent’s health were re­vived fol­low­ing his ad­mis­sion on Oc­to­ber 4 that he went to Car­di­nal San­tos Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Manila to have a fol­low-up check-up.

Duterte had a re­peat en­doscopy to check a pos­si­ble “growth” in his di­ges­tive tract, Mala­cañang con­firmed on Oc­to­ber 5.

Speak­ing be­fore the Philip­pine Mil­i­tary Academy alumni, Duterte re­vealed that his Bar­rett’s esoph­a­gus con­di­tion, a se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tion of gas­troe­sophageal re­flux disease, turned worse and al­luded that it might de­velop into can­cer.

“Kaya nga wala na, pag­si­sisi ganoon na lang eh (Re­gret al­ways comes late). It al­ways comes late. So it (Bar­rett’s esoph­a­gus) got worse,” Duterte, 73, said in his Oc­to­ber 4 speech.

“I don’t know where I’m now phys­i­cally but I have to wait for that. But I will tell you if it’s can­cer, it’s can­cer. If it’s third stage, no more treat­ment. I will not pro­long the agony in this of­fice or any­where,” he added.

Duterte’s crit­ics have re­peat­edly called on him to make pub­lic his med­i­cal records to end spec­u­la­tions about his health.

But in a press con­fer­ence, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr. de­clined to con­firm the Pres­i­dent’s up­date on his health, say­ing that the 73-yearold Chief Ex­ec­u­tive wanted to keep the real sta­tus of his health “con­fi­den­tial and pri­vate.”

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