Duterte's-health

Duterte says he suffers from back pains, migraine

  • Page Views 217
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte suffers from back pains and migraine headaches, he has said in comments about his health, but a spokesman was quick to dismiss the ailments as not being serious.

    Duterte also said he suffered from Buerger’s disease, a cause of blockages in the blood vessels, associated with smoking during his youth. He no longer smokes and drinks.

    The 71 year-old leader, the oldest to be elected president in the Philippines since the post-war period, said he did not fear being removed from power, or assassinated, because of opposition to the rising death toll in his anti-drugs campaign.

    Since July 1, about 5,000 people have died in Duterte’s war on drugs, a key plank of his May election campaign. Police say 2,004 have been killed by officers in self-defense, with another 3,060 killings “under investigation”.

    “Oust me, good, assassinate me, better, I have this migraine everyday,” he told a meeting of business leaders late on Monday.

    “I have a lot of issues with my spine. What I have is really Buerger’s disease. It’s an acquired thing that you get from smoking, because of nicotine.”

    Doctors had advised surgery on his spine, he said, but his wife, a nurse who used to work in the United States, did not agree because “a lot of operations for the spine went wrong”.

    He added, “If you guys see me always in a sad mood, I am actually pushing a nerve here to relieve the pain,” and touched the right side of his face.

    The health issues have not affected Dueterte’s work, however, said presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella. “Nothing serious,” he told reporters, when asked to comment on Duterte’s remarks.

    But Duterte missed some events during meetings of the ASEAN grouping of South East Asian nations in Laos in September and last month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, due to migraine attacks and a bad stomach.

    Duterte on Tuesday announced the distribution of 2 billion pesos ($40 million) worth of medicines to poor families plagued by illness, and to drug dependent individuals at rehabilitation centers.

    He told drug users to stay indoors or face arrest. (abs-cbn)

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • iza_ben
      23 January 2017
      6 hours ago No comment

      Steady does it for Iza Calzado

      Iza Calzado denies she is already engaged to her businessman boyfriend, Ben Wintle. Chided in a recent interview that maybe she’s just keeping it under wraps, the actress said, “Waley talaga. Feeling ko hindi ko naman na masyado kailangan i-secret bilang nasa edad na rin ako.” What if her ...

    • donna-villa-death
      23 January 2017
      9 hours ago No comment

      Carlo J. Caparas’ wife Donna Villa passes away at 57

      Award-winning director and “Komiks King” Carlo J. Caparas’ wife Donna Villa died on Tuesday due to cancer. Villa was a former actress, but she was better known in the entertainment industry when she and Caparas went into film production through their Golden Lions Films. According to reports, the actress-producer ...

    • Trillo_U.S/Europe
      23 January 2017
      12 hours ago No comment

      Dennis Trillo flies to US and Europe before returning to primetime

      Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo, who will soon return to the small screen via the upcoming telefantasya Mulawin vs Ravena, says he’ll be spending a few days abroad before starting on his new show. In an interview with GMA News, Dennis said that he is preparing for GMA Pinoy ...

    • EjayEllen
      23 January 2017
      13 hours ago No comment

      Ejay on Ellen: ‘Bully kasing tao yun… Bully talaga siya’

      Ejay Falcon revealed what happened to him and once rumored girlfriend Ellen Adarna. He explained, “hindi naging kami pero nag-date.” He added that it was not just one, two or three dates they went on. Asked to elaborate on this, he said, “basta.” He also admitted it got to ...

    • Cory_Quirino_Ms_World
      23 January 2017
      14 hours ago No comment

      Cory leaves Ms. World franchise

      Cory Quirino has spoken and shocked pageant fans recently when she announced that she has let go of the Philippine franchise for Miss World. In a statement released to ABS-CBN News last Monday, the beauty and wellness expert explained the reason behind her decision. She said she now has ...

    %d bloggers like this: