Asides from worrying about President Rodrigo Duterte’s health condition, Senator Leila de Lima expressed the same worry about the Philippine President’s medication’s side effects.
She also said that when the Constitution says “serious illness”, it won’t translate into terminal illness. In connection to this, she says that the public should be updated about the president’s illness.
Her gravest statement about the issue is that it is a matter of national concern if the president’s illness has a negative impact on his ability to discharge his duties.
Duterte mentioned that he “may not be around” until the end of his term. He said this during his trip to Cambodia.
Specifics on his having Buerger’s disease, which causes blockages in the blood vessels and is often associated with smoking, was told by the 71-year-old president in front of business leaders.
There were other events missed by the president due to bad health. Meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Laos in September and last month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru, were missed due to migraine attacks and a bad stomach.
De Lima expressed concerns over the President’s use of Fentanyl, a strong synthetic opioid analgesic often used to relieve pain during cancer treatments and major surgeries. She says that “not only can it be addictive” but that it can also have “deleterious effects on the patient’s cognitive abilities.”