DAVAO City Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte is in serious need of a thorough mental and physical check-up because the stress of the campaign may have taken its toll on his health, according to United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
“Hinihikayat ko si Mister Duterte na magpatingin na agad sa psychiatrist. Mukhang sobra na siyang naaapektuhan ng stress sa kampanya (I urge Mayor Duterte to have a psychiatric test. He seems to have been affected by the stress from campaigning),” Binay said.
“I also urge him to undergo as well a full physical examination. Siya mismo ang nagsabi na siya ay may malubhang sakit, at ayaw natin na may masamang mangyari sa kanya [He himself admitted that he is suffering from a serious ailment, and we don’t want anything bad to befall him],” he added.
Binay also “invited” Duterte to avail of free healthcare services in Makati City, where the vice president served as mayor.
According to him, he sincerely hoped Duterte’s mental and physical conditions have not worsened “because of the stress of dealing with reality.”
“No God-fearing person wishes harm on another person, even his political enemies,” Binay said.
The Vice President noted that Duterte’s confused reply to the charges filed against him by women’s rights advocates could be a manifestation of a deteriorating mental state.
“This could be due to his psychological condition,” the Vice President said, referring to the “Antisocial Narcissistic Personality Disorder” Duterte is reportedly suffering from, as revealed in a psychological report conducted and submitted as evidence during Duterte’s annulment proceedings initiated by his ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman.
“For all his wrongdoings, he tends to rationalize and feel justified. Hence, he seldom feels a sense of guilt or remorse,” the assessment said of Duterte.
Binay scored Duterte for invoking his freedom of speech to defend his “slurs against women and his comments about raping a dead Australian missionary, stressing that ”freedom comes with responsibility and accountability.”
“May kalayaan daw siyang insultuhin ang kababaihan at pagtawanan ang panggagahasa. Anong klaseng salita ‘yan? [He said he had the freedom to insult women. What kind of statement is that?]” Binay said.
“Mister Duterte should know that freedom comes with responsibility and accountability. It is not freedom from responsibility and accountability, especially when you not only demean women but violate their rights,” he added.
It is only through a full mental and medical examination that Duterte can assure the people that he is fit to serve as President, Binay said.
Duterte earlier disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels in the arms and legs primarily associated with smoking.
In December, he also admitted he may not be able to finish a president’s full six-year term if he wins.
“Nakikita ko na. I am 70 years old and I can see my life go. Kung ano ang medisina ninyo, ‘yon din ang medisina ko. Huwag kang magtanong kung ano ang sakit ko. Everyone gets sick and everyone has to go. Ako ay 70 (Your medicine is my medicine. Don’t ask what ails me). In the long stretch, medyo duda ako kung makaabot ako ng six years. Makababa pa kaya ako ng Malacañang na vertical (I doubt if I can reach six more years. Will I be able to leave Malacañang on the vertical?) Maybe horizontal. And if I win, inshallah, I will be the first President to enjoy a state funeral,” he was quoted as telling supporters in Taguig City (Metro Manila).
Binay earlier said it was “high time” for candidates to be required to undergo medical examinations, including psychological tests.