Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte himself answered the issue about his health after telling his supporters that he may not be able to finish a president’s six-year term if he wins.
“Nakikita ko na. I am 70 years old and I can see my life go. Kung ano ang medisina ninyo, yun din ang medisina ko. Wag kang magtanong kung ano ang sakit ko. Everyone gets sick and everyone has to go. Ako ay 70. In the long stretch, medyo duda ako kung makaabot ako ng six years. Makababa pa kaya ako ng Malakanyang na vertical? Maybe horizontal. And if I win, inshallah (God willing), I will be the first president to enjoy a state funeral,” he told his supporters Tuesday night in an advance Christmas party in Taguig City.
Duterte earlier disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammantion of blood vessels mostly in the limbs due to smoking.
Duterte denied suffering from throat cancer and lambasted a journalist who wrote about it. Duterte tagged the writer as a propagandist for Liberal Party,who denied the accusation.
“The presidency, I really don’t care because it’s burdensome. The enormity of the problems of the country is really daunting. I am a lawyer and 22 years the mayor of Davao City. I served as congressman of the first district for one term and I was vice mayor to my daughter, Inday. Ok na ako. Alam ko na lahat. As a matter of fact, I can see my life in front of me,” he said.
Duterte again emphasized that he is not bent on seeking the presidency.
“Fate has many faces. Ultimately, I have come to realize that the eternal equation is really destiny. Destiny is not designed by mere mortals like us. It is crafted by God. That is what I understand right now,” he added.
In a radio interview also yesterday, Duterte urged his supporters to consider other candidates first. “Do not think about me, but maybe a week before election time, baka maisipan niyo ako,” he said.
source: Phil Star