Published: Monday 23 July, 2018

Duterte Goes to Hospital Sunday Night Before SONA 2018… But Only for Checkup

On the eve of his third State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte was ‘taken’ to hospital. Malacanang confirmed Duterte’s hospital visit but said it was only for a checkup.

Duterte hospital checkup

Duterte declared in good health for SONA 2018, according to Malacanang. (via Sunstar)

There has been a lot of speculation about President Duterte’s health. After all, he’s already 73 years old. Plus the fact that there have been several ‘concerning’ instances to arouse speculation.

Last year, the president was not seen publicly for a week and even missed the Independence Day commemoration, sparking rumors that he was suffering to something that Malacanang would not disclose. There were even rumors that he was in a coma.

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But, days later, Duterte said he just took some time to rest. He said he was in a ‘kama’ (bed) and not in a coma.

Last month, it was disclosed that Duterte vomitted during his flight from South Korea. But Malacanang said it was only due to migraine.

Now, on the eve on SONA 2018, Malacanang again doused speculation about the president’s health by saying his visit to Cardinal Santos Hospital was just a checkup.

“He was declared to be in good health,” said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

 

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