Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: Health Rumors Persist

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President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Philippine Air Forces officials during his visit at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 15, 2017. Palace/Released

President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the Independence Day rites on Monday, June 12, 2017 and canceled public appearances set until Friday. The absence fueled speculations about his health, but Malacañang insisted that he was “well.”

To dispel the rumors, his office released on Thursday a video of him the day before at the Villamor Air Base where he is seen alighting from a chopper to fly to his hometown Davao City.

READ FULL STORY: Out of public eye, Duterte seen at Villamor Air Base

Video at link:

http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2017/06/16/1711895/watch-palace-drops-video-duterte-amid-health-rumors

A close observer in the Philippines said the president “looked stoned — or at least under the influence. You know. Sedated.”

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