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WATCH: Duterte jogging in Malacañang grounds amid health rumors

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WATCH: Duterte jogging in Malacañang grounds amid health rumors

Photo from Bong Go's Facebook Page

Photo from Bong Go's Facebook Page

Senator Bong Go shares the 8-second video as well as photos of President Rodrigo Duterte walking in the Palace compound

Senator Bong Go on Saturday, April 10, posted a video of President Rodrigo Duterte briefly jogging in Malacañang grounds as rumors persisted about the health status of the Philippine leader.

“Mga kababayan ko, Malungkot at Mahirap ang maging Pangulo sa Panahong ito. Suportahan natin si Tatay Digong, ang taong totoong nagmamahal sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” Duterte’s former long-time aide said in his early morning post.

(My countrymen, it is Sad and Difficult to be President during these Times. Let’s support Tatay Digong, the person who truly loves our fellow Filipinos.)

The video, which lasted for 8 seconds, showed Duterte wearing a face mask and a face shield as he jogged briefly. Go did not say when and what time the video was taken but he posted on Facebook past 3 am on Saturday.

WATCH: Duterte jogging in Malacañang grounds amid health rumors

Go shared photos of Duterte walking and also on his motorbike, but not of the President actually using it.

MOTORBIKE ENTHUSIAST. President Rodrigo Duterte on a motorbike.
Photo from Bong Go’s Facebook Page
Photo from Bong Go’s Facebook Page

A number of netizens said the video and photos reminded them of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who used to release photos of himself in top shape to dispel rumors about this health.

Questions about the Duterte’s state of health have persisted – and trended for a few days on Twitter – even after Malacañang assured the public on Thursday, April 8, that the President remained “fit and healthy” for a 76-year-old.

The speculations were sparked by Duterte’s decision to forego his weekly public address on Wednesday, April 7, supposedly out of fear that he might catch the COVID-19 virus as many members of the Presidential Security Group – over 40 of them, but none among Duterte’s close-in security – tested positive for the coronavirus.

Go had also shared photos of Duterte behind his desk in Malacañang on April 7, to dispel the rumors. –

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