President Rodrigo Duterte has been missing from the general public eye for the previous 4 days and even Malacanang isn’t sure the place he is, when he will reappear, and if he has seen a physician.
When reporters sought affirmation on a reported sighting of Duterte, Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella was caught off guard and needed to flip to his workers to make sure of his reply: “He may have been… He may have travelled already to Davao. He’s still here? He’s still here. According to the report, he’s still here.”
Abella couldn’t even say when the President would present up in the general public
“Well, you know, he’s taking some time off so I cannot really give you the definite date. But he’s just taking some time off to rejuvenate. Let’s just put it this way: That he’s resting for some time,” mentioned Abella.
Abella has referred to as Duterte’s absence as a part of his “private time” however he wasn’t even sure what he was doing throughout his time away from official duties.
“Since it’s private time so I am sure he is spending time mainly resting,” mentioned Abella who didn’t trouble to cover his annoyance over the reporters’ queries on the President’s well being.
When requested if the 72-year previous President has seen a physician in the final 4 days, Abella mentioned he was not “privy” to the President’s check-up schedule. “But I am sure he has checked with his own experts,” mentioned Abela who beforehand urged to media to make use of their “creative imagination” to decode the President’s phrases and actions.
Under Section 12 of the 1987 Constitution, Malacanang is responsibility sure to inform the general public the true state of well being of Duterte.
“In case of serious illness of the President, the public shall be informed of the state of his health. The members of the Cabinet in charge of national security and foreign relations and the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, shall not be denied access to the President during such illness,” in line with the Constitution.
But for Abella, his evasive and fuzzy explanations on the President’s well being had been sufficient.
“Well, it’s usually given, for example, like this in press briefings, we usually give you that,” mentioned Abellam