Monday, September 14, 2015

Duterte lashes back at veteran journo, denies having cancer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 Sept) – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte lashed back at the veteran journalist and at the same time denied the latter’s Facebook post stating that the mayor has cancer of the throat.
In his television program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” on Sunday, Duterte called Philip Lustre Jr. (Philip Jr Lustre on Facebook) as “mentally impotent” for coming up with the post that having suffered from “throat cancer” was the mayor’ reason why he is not for president in the 2016 elections.
“You are suffering from mental impotence. You have to see a doctor sa tinuod lang (to tell you the truth). You are a journalist… in your caliber, your English is acceptable, tolerable grammar (but) there’s something wrong in your mind. You’re mentally impotent, it’s not really working,” Duterte said.
Duterte advised Lustre to look for a lawyer.
But when asked by TV host Lawyer Geraldine Tiu if he is taking any legal action, he said, “What can you do with a mentally impotent? Dili man pud na dawaton sa korte (The court cannot accept that). Mo-ingon man ng korte (The court will just tell you) he cannot defend himself. May deperensya ang ulo (He is mentally incapacitated).”
Duterte even challenged the journalist to check on his medical records to find out that his “throat is okay, including my tongue.”
In his Facebook post on Friday, Lustre claimed that he received an information about Duterte’s real health condition from a reliable source, who was not in authority to speak on the matter.
“Just yesterday, somebody leaked the information to me that Davao City Rodrigo Duterte has cancer of the throat. He was not playing close-open type of politics when he said he could not decide to run for the presidency in 2016. In fact, he was dead-sure he would not run for any post in 2016, but instead retire,” he said.
Lustre added that “[Duterte’s] family is strongly against any presidential run for him because the nationwide political campaign would exacerbate his throat cancer. His health condition could cascade to terminal stage.”
Lustre also stated that Duterte admitted his physical condition in a roundtable discussion with journalists of ABC-5 last Tuesday, a day after he categorically announced that he was not running for the country’s highest position or any elective posts in the government in next year’s elections and that he is retiring from public service.
“Somebody in the audience asked Duterte why he was frequently holding the left side of his jaw and neck. Duterte made reference to his health situation cascading from Stage One to Stage Four without categorically saying that he has the Big C,” he said.
What Duterte did not deny is that he has been suffering from Buerger’s disease, a condition caused by “inflammation and thrombosis in small and medium-sized blood vessels, typically in the legs and leading to gangrene.”
He said he developed the condition by getting too much nicotine out of smoking. He said it was the same reason why he implemented the smoking ban in the city to protect “all of you, including our children.”
Lustre’s post also claimed that he “likewise referred to the unhealthy situation of his spine” since this can result to “bigger issues and proportions.” -From mindanews.com

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