Rumors about President Rodrigo Duterte’s well being due to his five-day absence within the public eye was so widespread that even the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had to check in the event that they had been true.
This was disclosed by Philippine Star columnist and media govt Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez, who is thought for his intensive connections with the powers-that-be within the US.
In his June 18 column, Romualdez mentioned a “friend” from Washington informed him that the CIA had to validate studies about Duterte’s well being since there have been “deathly rumors” being unfold about him.
Citing data from one other source, nevertheless, Romualdez mentioned Duterte had to take a relaxation as a result of he was drained from his current travels.
He believes the President’s journey to Russia final May– which had to be lower brief due to the disaster in Marawi City– “must have been the trigger” for his fatigue for the reason that flight was 14 hours lengthy.
The 72-year-old Duterte returned to his public duties on June 17 by gracing the celebrating of the 50th founding anniversary of Agusan Del Norte and assembly with troops in Butuan City.
Contrary to rumors, Duterte joked he was by no means in a coma however was simply in his “kama” (mattress) your entire time he was out of the general public eye.