The Philippine Star

Rody’s cussing a sign of good health — Panelo

- By ALEXIS ROMERO Russia · United States of America · Philippines

Pres­i­dent Duterte has claimed that curs­ing is part of his iden­tity but for his spokesman, the habit is also an in­di­ca­tor that ev­ery­thing is fine with the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive.

“For as long as he curses, his body re­mains healthy,” ac­cord­ing to pres­i­den­tial spokesman Sal­vador Panelo.

Panelo made the re­mark over dwIZ last Fri­day when asked about the con­di­tion of the Pres­i­dent.

Duterte has drawn flak for his gut­ter lan­guage but the Pres­i­dent jus­ti­fied his man­ner of speak­ing, say­ing he was not schooled in states­man­ship.

In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view three years ago, Duterte said those who have is­sues with his foul mouth should go to God to com­plain.

Dur­ing his meet­ing with the Filipino com­mu­nity in Rus­sia this month, Duterte re­vealed he has myas­the­nia gravis, a nerve mal­func­tion that he said he in­her­ited from his grand­fa­ther. Panelo has claimed the Pres­i­dent re­mains healthy and myas­the­nia gravis is a com­mon ill­ness among the el­derly.

The 74-year-old Duterte has also ad­mit­ted to suf­fer­ing from acute bron­chi­tis, mi­graine re­lated to a spinal in­jury, and Buerger’s dis­ease, an ill­ness tied to smok­ing.

In the same ra­dio in­ter­view, Panelo could not say whether Duterte would visit the United States, a tra­di­tional ally and treaty part­ner of the Philip­pines.

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