Malacañang announced yesterday that it will not issue any official bulletin about Duterte’s real state of health. At the same time, it is furiously spinning stories to make it appear the he remains physically healthy.
His inner circle, Bong Go, in particular, has released contrived stories with questionable videos and pictures to make it appear that he is healthy enough to ride a big motorcycle (despite his “unbearable” back pains). They are downplaying his gaunt physical appearance (skin color, facial expression, gait and so on) which many people interpret as signs of deteriorating health.
Malacañang morbidly fears the consequence of public talk of Duterte’s failing physical condition. Any speculation of Duterte dying soon or long before his term ends will surely weaken his ruling coalition and intensify the crisis of the ruling system.
Whatever the real state of Duterte’s health, it is indubitable that the Filipino people aspire to see his rule of tyranny and fascism end the soonest, whether politically or naturally. They must fortify the unity of all democratic forces to make sure that Duterte’s evil cabal will go away with him.
Marco L. Valbuena
Chief Information Officer