Duterte con­firms he does not have can­cer

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AMID spec­u­la­tions about his health con­di­tion, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9, an­nounced that he tested neg­a­tive for can­cer.

“It’s neg­a­tive,” Duterte, 73, told Palace re­porters in an in­ter­view, when asked about the re­sults of his med­i­cal tests taken at the Car­di­nal San­tos Med­i­cal Cen­ter in San Juan, Manila last Oc­to­ber 4.

“Hindi pa ako can­cer­ous (I am not suf­fer­ing from can­cer) so do not be afraid to go near me,” the Pres­i­dent added.

Duterte made the an­nounce­ment four days af- ter his ad­mis­sion that he un­der­went an­other en­doscopy on Oc­to­ber 4.

The Pres­i­dent took the med­i­cal tests for the se­cond time and hinted that his Bar­rett’s esoph­a­gus con­di­tion, a se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tion of gas­troe­sophageal re­flux dis­ease, has taken a turn for the worse.

To re­call, Duterte first bared on Septem­ber 21 that he had un­der­gone colonoscop­y and en­doscopy to mon­i­tor his health con­di­tion since he was pre­vi­ously di­ag­nosed with Bar­rett’s esoph­a­gus.

Duterte said his doc­tors had “sus­pi­cion” that there was a “growth” in his di­ges­tive tract, but were “not con­vinced” that he has can­cer.

He said his lat­est med­i­cal re­sults proved that he is not suf­fer­ing from any se­ri­ous ill­ness.

“Okay na­man (It is okay), as in okay and I will show you.” Duterte said.

“Nagha­hanap nga ako ng sakit. Umabot pa ako ng Hong Kong. Wala akong makita (I am in fact search­ing for an ill­ness. I even went to Hong Kong but I could not find any),” he added in jest./sunstar Philip­pines

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