After President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he has been suffering from neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia gravis, Malacañang said the President is doing good and there’s no need to worry about it. 

In an interview with ANC’s Headstart on Monday, when asked if his condition is something that should concern the public, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it does not look like there’s a need to be worried as he sees the President doing great. 

“Mukha namang hindi. Nakita mo naman ang schedule niya,  ‘di ba? I am even amazed how he was able to survive this Russian trip,” Panelo said. 

“My God, we flew to this, Sochi. Pagdating doon, trabaho kaagad tapos balik ka na naman. Ibang klasi rin ‘to,” he added, suggesting that Duterte is performing an excellent job. 

President Rodrigo shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir during their meeting in Russia on October 3, 2019. (Image source: Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters )

He also mentioned that Duterte is experiencing a common illness of the elderly. 

“Alam ko dati nang, yung ordinaryong sakit ng mga matatanda ang meron siya eh,” he said. 

During his meeting with the Filipino community in Russia on Saturday, the President revealed that he has myasthenia gravis, which according to the U.S National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is a “chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles.”

This disease affects the muscles that control respiration, eyes and eyelid movement, as well as arm and leg movements. 

The President even joked around in baring his condition and called this his talent. 

“Ganun ako eh. May talent ako, magtingin ako sa’yo, ‘yung isang mata ko bumaba. Kita mo maliit ‘yung isa, tingnan mo. O ‘di maliit. O ‘yun. Nag… nagsasariling biyahe ‘yan.”

Duterte said he inherited this illness from his grandfather. 

On Sunday, he arrived in Manila from Moscow, where he had a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and more officials and leaders from other parts of the world. 


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