Senator Leila De Lima urged President Rodrigo Duterte to undergo medical examination after he admitted that he has been suffering due to his health condition.
President Duterte earlier said that he used a powerful painkiller which caused several speculations from people concerned about his health.
Senator De Lima then expressed her concern over the president's health saying that it might affect the decision-making of the country's leader
De Lima said:
"I don't know if the Palace can even try to argue that the President's condition isn't serious, when we all know that one or more of his ailments have prevented him from attending to his duties in the past."
“It is not just the illness itself that we should be worried about, but also the impact or side effects that the medications he is taking may have, especially on his lucidity and ability to make decisions with a clear mind.”
The lady senator added that the public has a right to know the health condition of the president as cited in the Constitution and urged Duterte to have his health checked.
“Our Constitution is clear on this. The public should be informed of the state of health of the President in case of serious illnesses.”
“What if, God forbid, there is an emergency that requires immediate decisions, and the President is under the influence of such a powerful opioid?”
Rep. Carlos Zarate also urged the president to release his medical results to end speculations about his health.
“To end this speculation, it would be better if his physician explain how the President manages the pain that he suffers.”