“My reaction to my passing away. I will ask God first if I – if He’s available for interview kasi pupunta na ako dun,” President Rodrigo R. Duterte said in series of videos uploaded by Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña on February 3.
Rumors of Duterte’s death circulated after he skipped an event in Palo, Leyte on February 1.
“Ano mga mensahe ninyo, dadalhin ko. Pari, obsipo, lahat. And ‘yung last wish ng mga durugista, ilista ninyo. Ako na ang magdala doon sa langit o sa impyerno. Depende lang,” he added.
“For those who believe in the news that I passed away, then I request of you, please pray for the eternal repose of my soul. Thank you,” he said.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo assured “that PRRD remains in robust health and is just resting in his Davao home for the weekend while preparing for the coming week’s gruelling schedule.”
“The President is conscientious of his health and he puts a break to his activities if he feels his body is not up to it. In other words, he knows how to take care of himself and does not perform any activity beyond what is necessary or is harmful to his physical being,” he added.
“We are sorry to disappoint the ill-wishers and the rumormongers even as we are amused by the detractors’ propensity of running berserk in putting the President in a bad light or removing him from the physical plane in their minds,” Panelo added.