Rodrigo Duterte health - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Rodrigo Duterte health


Duterte tight-lipped about health, but thumbs down medical bulletins

Oct 28, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'Ayaw ko munang sabihin sa inyo,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the supposedly underlying reason for his recent 'muscle spasms'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist before the Filipinos based in Russia who met with the President at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNH) in Moscow on October 5, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL 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

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

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

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

'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

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 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

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.

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

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: 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

Palace can't say when Duterte will end downtime

Jun 15, 2017 - 12:59 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte is resting for some time but the public need not worry


Duterte out of public eye for 3rd straight day

Jun 14, 2017 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly had at least one private meeting on Wednesday June 14


Resting Duterte in 'excellent health,' says Palace

Jun 13, 2017 - 3:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s schedule is cleared for another day to give him more time to rest

CAMP VISIT. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City on June 11, 2017. Presidential Photo

Duterte admits getting check-up for 'pain' in the heart

Feb 06, 2017 - 6:47 PM

The President says his doctor ran an electrocardiogram on Monday February 6 to check on his heart: I was not feeling well Masakit man ang puso ko

PRESIDENT'S HEALTH. President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Premier Medical Center in Cabanatuan City on January 18, 2017. File photo by Karl Normal Alonzo /Presidential Photo

Will we see plain cigarette packs under a Duterte presidency?

May 31, 2016 - 10:50 PM

On May 31 World No Tobacco Day the WHO urges countries to remove logos colors brand images or promotional information on cigarette packs

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY. For 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to implement the plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging photo from WHO brochure

Duterte: 'Don't worry' about my health

Feb 12, 2016 - 3:08 PM

The presidential bet admits he stayed overnight at a hospital due to a severe headache and chest cold

LOW RESISTANCE. Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte says he failed to take his maintenance medication and was vulnerable to migraine. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler