President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he had just undergone a blood test.
In a speech in Pasay City, Duterte showed his arm with a small band-aid to cover a syringe mark.
“Kinuhahan ako ng dugo, o iyong media magtatanong na naman ng sakit ko,” Duterte said in his speech during the 85th anniversary celebration of the Department of Labor and Employment in Pasay City.
“Pagtusok nila ng syringe, kukunan ako ng dugo, walang lalabas, puro hangin.”
Duterte however did not disclose what the blood test was for.
Sought for details of the blood test, Duterte told reporters: “I’ll explain to you. Mahaba ‘to. It’s a thing that we do halos lahat.”
He declined to elaborate, saying his words might be taken out of context.
Christopher “Bong” Go, the President’s former top aide, said in a text message that Duterte underwent a “regular blood chemistry.”
According to the United States National Cancer Institute, a blood chemistry aims to “measure the amount of certain substances in the body.”
The results of the test would provide information about how well a person’s kidneys, liver, and other organs are working.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also said it was a regular blood test and the public should not worry about it.
Duterte previously revealed that he has Buerger’s disease, a condition that causes constriction of the blood vessels due to nicotine, and Barrett’s esophagus, a disease involving the tissue in the esophagus.
He had also admitted to having a misaligned spine as result of a motorcycle accident years ago.
Duterte’s revelation came three days after Malacañang said there was no need for the President to issue yearly medical bulletins to inform the public about the state of his health.
Rumors of Duterte’s health woes re-emerged in October after the 73-year-old leader missed two official events, including a meeting with the Cabinet.
Duterte later told his official family that he does not have cancer, after he underwent tests in a private hospital as doctors asked him to repeat digestive track procedures three weeks after similar tests.
Duterte is mandated by the 1987 Constitution to inform the public in case he is suffering from a serious medical condition.