MANILA President Rodrigo R. Duterte has skipped a scheduled event because he wanted to take the day off, MalacaAang said on Thursday, as it denied rumors that the Chief Executive was hospitalized for exhaustion.
Duterte was scheduled to lead the turnover of a check from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) on Wednesday afternoon but Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea took his place instead.
There was also a scheduled Cabinet meeting set to take place either Tuesday or Wednesday. However, it was moved to Monday, October 8.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte, who had an almost daily jam-packed schedule - including weekends - simply wanted to have private time for himself.
He had a schedule almost every day. He did not really have a day off so the President decided to have private time. I myself would have wanted to see him in the Pagcor check turnover but he decided he wanted to take the day off, Roque said in a Palace briefing.
I assure you that I have no information that he did go to a hospital and I'm given information whenever things like this happen. I have inquired and I have my sources and he was just in his residence, he added.
According to Roque, Duterte had a scheduled joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) command conference on Thursday, 4 p.m. and dinner with the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association on (PMAAAI) at 7 p.m. Both events are for close-in staff only.
Roque has provided the media with photos of Duterte during the command conference and dinner as proof that the President is in good health.
Source: Philippine News Agency