Duterte should release medical records – Lacson
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Thursday, December 15, that President Rodrigo Duterte should release his medical records after the Chief Executive himself said he might not live long enough to finish his term.
Lacson was asked at a news briefing whether Duterte should make public his medical records, after the President enumerated his ailments in a recent forum with businessmen.
“He should because lumabas na nga 'yun; nagpahiwatig na siya. All the more the public should be informed ano ba state of health ng Presidente. Kasi kung meron mang sakit, sabihin talaga ano ang ailment," Lacson said.
(He should because it already came out; he already indicated it. All the more the public should be informed on the real health status of the President. If there is an ailment, he should say what this is.)
On Monday, December 12, Duterte told businessmen at a forum in Malacañang that he suffered from back pains, daily migraines, and Buerger's disease, which leads to blockages in blood vessels. (READ: LIST: 'Migraine everyday' and Duterte's other ailments)
Lacson said the release of one’s health records depends on the person concerned but the case of the President might be different.
“Health is always an individual responsibility. It is also a national concern. After all, may mandate naman siya (he has a mandate) whether we voted or him or not,” he said.
While Philippine laws are clear when it comes to succession of power, the senator said Duterte should be able to stay until 2022 or the end of his term, as he has the people's mandate.
“Although clear naman yung ating rules for succession, we should not be worried kung my mangyari, na magkakaroon ng hiatus. But then siya 'yung binoto and he should be there until the end of his term,” he said.
(Although are rules on succession are clear, we should not be worried if something happens, that we might have a hiatus. But then he was the one people voted for and he should be there until the end of his term.)
Duterte had often talked about his ailments even before he became president. The 71-year-old leader, the oldest Philippine president upon assumption of office, blames his illnesses on his vices when he was young.