Duterte health - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Duterte health


Senators say Duterte's muscle disease 'not life-threatening'

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva says the President's team should update the people, about the President's condition, as they deem appropriate

RARE DISEASE. President Rodrigo Duterte claims to have a rare muscular disease, myasthenia gravis, which may lead to drooping of eyelids and overall weakness. Malacanang file photo

LIST: Duterte's skipped events, long absences

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Here is Rappler's running list of official engagements President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped and periods when he made no public appearances

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association, and Malacañang Cameramen Association at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cabinet members advise 'tired' Duterte to go on vacation

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:15 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's alter egos suggest a two-week period of rest and relaxation for the Chief Executive, says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 39th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 1, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The specter of succession

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Duterte cannot risk a successor who cannot guarantee him immunity from prosecution – plausibly for treason, in ceding to China control over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea; for extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. Indeed, he can ill afford to be out of power.

Duterte sat out PMA diploma distribution because he was 'sleepy' – Panelo

May 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte delegated the task of handing out diplomas to 'reserve his energy' for the rest of the graduation rites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the pardon for the punishments for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen during the commencement exercises of the PMA ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte 'neither confirming nor denying' he went to hospital

May 19, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte is 'well and good,' says the Presidential Security Group, reacting to fresh rumors that he went to a hospital in San Juan City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the jampacked PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte's prolonged absences, skipped events? 'Overworked, resting'

May 17, 2019 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) In recent weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte has stayed out of the public eye for days on end and has failed to show up at several engagements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some of the guests during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Also in the photo is former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he gets blood tests 'almost every other day'

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:38 PM

So often, supposedly, he gets blood tests that, President Rodrigo Duterte jokes to his doctor to leave him enough to survive a week

'Indisposed' Duterte skips two events in Davao City

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's former aide Bong Go says the President is indisposed and couldn't make it to a distribution of certificates of land ownership awards and a PDP-Laban campaign rally

'INDISPOSED.' In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

'Not feeling well': Duterte skips Leyte event

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The 73-year-old President cannot make it to a scheduled event in Palo, Leyte, adding to a growing list of activities he had to skip for health reasons

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte bows before the attendees of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers’ Association (TODA) Summit at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City on January 23, 2019. Also in the photo are Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Social and Welfare Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. Malacañang Photo

66% of Filipinos worried about Duterte's health – survey

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Almost half of Filipinos also believe President Rodrigo Duterte has health problems, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets members of Japan's House of Councillors during their courtesy call together with Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date, at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says he went to hospital for blood test

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

President Duterte cracks a joke about his supposed recent hospital visit, saying the syringe extracted wind, not blood, from his veins

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oaths of office of newly-appointed government officials after the oath taking ceremony of newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Duterte's health and disclosure: Finding a middle ground

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Information on the President's health is controlled by the Palace and insiders, and there is little to no incentive – politically or legally – for any official to break ranks until the very end

Photos show darkening of Duterte's complexion in recent months

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Photos of President Rodrigo Duterte show the darkening, and then graying, of his complexion from his first month in office to October 2018

Duterte says dermatologist checked his dark complexion

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims his dark skin is due to regular military camp visits

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte’s health, Resorts World Manila attack, Nikki Haley resigns | Midday wRap

Oct 10, 2018 - 1:36 PM

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Duterte jokes in 'battery' riddle: I tested 'positive' in Hong Kong medical exams

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes light of medical test results, joking that he is like a 'battery,' with a positive and negative side

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to appreciate the command saber shown by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr. on the sidelines of the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police command conference at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo camp defers to Duterte on health disclosure: He knows his oath

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:42 PM

‘The VP has said that...we want him healthy, we want him working. So if he says it's like that, then I suppose we must respect it,’ says Robredo’s spokesperson

STATE OF HEALTH. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says it respects the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte that his recent medical tests came back negative.

Duterte tells Cabinet medical test results came back 'negative'

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A President in 'high spirits' assures his Cabinet members that there is no serious threat to his health. He tells senators in another meeting that he has a 'polyp' in his intestines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Arroyo: Be concerned about Duterte’s health ‘only if he says it’s serious’

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

But opposition lawmakers say Malacañang's conflicting statements on the President's health raise concerns

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comments on the current status of President Rodrigo Duterte's health. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

61% of Filipinos believe Duterte's health a public matter – SWS

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The Third Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey also shows there are more Filipinos who believe President Duterte has health problems than those who think otherwise

HEALTH CONCERNS. President Rodrigo Duterte reveals that he went to the hospital for tests apparently to rule out cancer when he addressed retired military officers in a Malacanang event on October 4, 2018. Presidential photo

'Growth' found in Duterte's endoscopy? Doctors explain what it means

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Three specialist doctors, including National Scientist Ernesto Domingo, explain terms related to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest admission about the state of his health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his delegation hold a working lunch meeting with Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein and other Jordanian officials at the Al Husseinieh Palace in Amman on September 6, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Doctors saw 'growth' after Duterte's endoscopy

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, who can't say if the 'growth' is a tumor, reiterates that President Duterte will let the people know if he has a serious illness

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during a dinner he hosted for the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association, Incorporated (PMAAAI) at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2018, reiterates his vow to improve the peace and order situation in the country. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Oct 05, 2018 - 12:33 PM

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Duterte confirms hospital visit: ‘I will tell you if it’s cancer’

Oct 04, 2018 - 8:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says doctors at Cardinal Santos Medical Center took samples last Wednesday to conduct more tests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President prior to the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

More questions than answers: Roque, Go explain Duterte absence in Palace event

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:03 PM

A Cabinet meeting scheduled on the day of the Pagcor event is also moved because President Duterte 'decided to take the day off,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte inexplicably skips Pagcor event in Malacañang

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:28 PM

(UPDATED) The Palace offers no immediate explanation as to why the President was absent from a scheduled check turnover event

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wouldn't have revealed medical tests if 'serious' – Roque

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque describes as 'routine' the colonoscopy and endoscopy recently undergone by President Rodrigo Duterte

CLINICAL FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia-Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, on September 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte undergoes colonoscopy, endoscopy

Sep 23, 2018 - 4:26 PM

But President Rodrigo Duterte maintains he is in good health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018, reiterates that one of the priorities of his administration is to improve the health care services of the country. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] From incapacity to absurdity

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging

Duterte says Joma Sison 'played into' his hands with coma rumor

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:10 AM

'Alam ko kagatin niya eh.... I was waiting for this announcement,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about communist leader Joma Sison

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 12th anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM), Naval Station Felix Apolinario (NSFA) in Panacan, Davao City on August 23, 2018, urges the members of the New People's Army to go back to the folds of the law as he assures that they will be provided with ample assistance for their reintegration. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte back in action, says 'matagal pa ako'

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he's been in Davao City 'resting' and, among other things, watching Netflix

Aquino says Malacañang must inform public of Duterte's health

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'Kung walang issue, kayang-kaya sagutin,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Mass for National Transformation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Video shows Duterte after coma rumors

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) A video shows President Rodrigo Duterte about to have dinner on August 20. He appears normal, save for a slight droop of his right eyelid.

Amid rumor of Duterte coma, Malacañang insists no need for medical bulletins

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'There's no information that the President is sick,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he fends off observations about President Rodrigo Duterte's complexion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas, Inc. (LTFI) National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Why Duterte's 'resignation' should be your concern

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Words have never been empty for this leader

President's health: Touchy topic for Duterte, public concern for Constitution

Aug 04, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The public so far relies only on the word of President Rodrigo Duterte and his spokesmen as to the real state of his health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist as he exclaims, 'Mabuhay ang Ipil!' in his speech during the celebration of the ‘69th Araw ng Ipil’ at the Ipil Municipal Plaza in Zamboanga Sibugay Province on July 26, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte visits hospital, Tagle on deaths, weather update | Midday wRap

Jul 23, 2018 - 3:31 PM

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Duterte drops by hospital day before SONA 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:40 PM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Cardinal Santos Medical Center on Sunday afternoon, July 22, for a 'routine medical checkup'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge in Intramuros, Manila on July 17, 2018, expresses his gratitude to China for funding the construction of the two bridges. Malacañang Photo

Employees hold nationwide vigil to protest PhilHealth mismanagement

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) From Luzon to Mindanao, employees unite to protest the grave abuses inside the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. They send photos deliberately blurred to hide their identities.

SHOW OF FORCE. PhilHealth employees nationwide wear black shirts in protest of the mismanagement of the agency.

Duterte says he vomited on plane from Seoul to Manila

Jun 06, 2018 - 12:40 AM

The 73-year-old President says he vomited due to a migraine, preventing him from greeting fellow plane passengers en route to Manila

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte makes a gesture of respect before delivering his departure statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for a three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea on June 2, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte explains gum-chewing habit

Jan 12, 2018 - 3:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte suggests that his habit of chewing gum has something to do with a 'spinal' condition but he does not elaborate further

HABIT. President Rodrigo Duterte explains his gum-chewing habit. File photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Duterte's constant musings on death, resignation

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:40 AM

In recent speeches, President Rodrigo Duterte displays a preoccupation with mortality and quitting the presidency. But to what end?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte assures the victims of the fire that broke out in Barangay San Miguel, Manila that they willl receive cash assistance worth P5,000 during his visit at the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels in the same barangay on August 16, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Duterte jokes about 'pretender to the throne'

Jun 28, 2017 - 5:16 PM

There are two claimants to the presidency President Rodrigo Duterte says as speculations swirl about his health

CONSTITUTIONAL SUCCESSOR. President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about a 'pretender to the throne' – habitual nuisance bet Elly Pamatong – as Duterte says Vice President Leni Robredo is his constitutional successor. Duterte photo from Malacañang; Pamatong photo from Facebook video by Gen Aquino

Duterte claims his own cousin died in Marawi clashes

Jun 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The President makes his first public appearance in 7 days to lead Eid l Fitr celebrations in the Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte gives his keynote speech adressing Muslim leaders during during a reception celebrating the end of Ramadan or Eid Il Fitr at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on Tuesday night. President Duterte made his public appearance after a week of absence. Photo by Lito Boras

Duterte's nearly weeklong absence not health-related

Jun 27, 2017 - 12:50 PM

The Palace says the President is expected to make his first public appearance on Tuesday June 27 at Malacañang events

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves at his supporters before leaving the Caraga State University in Cabadbaran City on June 17, 2017 where he was guest of honor during the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Agusan del Norte. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Duterte out of public eye for 6th straight day

Jun 26, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED This is the longest period of rest for 72 year old President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte awards a Wounded Personnel Medal to one of the injured combatants during his visit at Camp Edilberto Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City on June 20, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[Newspoint] Alive but annoyed

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Duterte should be made to understand somehow that if people wonder whether he is sick or worse it’s not personal; it’s constitutional

Duterte: De Lima wants to hear I'm dying

Jun 21, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Ang hinihintay lang niyan sabihin na namatay na si Duterte Mag ambak ambak yan doon sa selda niya says the President about detained Senator Leila de Lima

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the wounded soldiers confined at Camp Edilberto Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City on June 20, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO