“Sinadya daw niya. Sana, huling larong ‘hide-and-seek’ na ito ng Pangulo kasi maraming nag-aalala,” Senator Ping Lacson said in a Twitter post April 13.
“That said, the health condition of any sitting president should be the concern of every Filipino. Even VP Leni Robredo had the moral decency to say that she was praying for him,” he added.
The senator made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte, during his April 12 Talk to People, said that he intentionally did not publicly appeared in the past days.
“Noong nawala ako ng ilang araw, talagang sinadya ko ‘yon, ganoon ako eh. Pagka kinakalkal mo ako lalo akong – ‘yong parang bata. Pagka lalo mo akong kinakantyawan eh mas lalo akong gagana,” President Duterte said.
“You know, the people must know that I am a resident of Davao City. I never pretended to be a resident of Sampaloc or Sta. Ana. Sinabi ko ang my residence is the City of Davao. And if I want to go home there on reasonable basis, I can because that is my home. Then, if I want to be unreasonable about it, talagang ang tawag sa Bisaya “gara-gara”, pangkantyaw, ginagawa ko rin ’yan. Tutal naman ‘yong pamasahe ko hindi naman sa gobyerno so I go home just to be there and come back the following day,” he added.