‘Reds will die for me’

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Duterte also assures nation he does not have cancer

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed confidence that leftist groups will not seek his ouster even if they have joined protest rallies against the hero’s burial for former president Ferdinand Marcos.

Amid rumors of an ouster plot against him and unclear reports about his illnesses, Duterte also assured the nation that even as he suffers from a myriad of health problems, he does not have cancer.

“The Reds would never demand my ouster. They will die for me, believe me. That’s the reason why I was able to convince them for [peace]talks,” Duterte said during the Wallace Business Forum in Malacañang on Monday night.


The government and the communist rebels are preparing for the next round of talks in Rome next month.

“Let me tell you frankly, in every demonstration, it’s the yellow[s]who [are]shouting for my ouster. But you will never hear it from the communists because I am the President belonging to the left actually,” the President said.

Yellow is the color associated with the Liberal Party and former President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

Duterte said he is the “idol” of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“You can go to the mountains and ask the regular armed NPA. Ask them, ‘Who is your idol?’ So, let me disabuse your mind about this,” he added.

No cancer

At the same time, the Chief Executive admitted that he suffers from a lot of discomfort but emphasized he does not have cancer.

He gave the assurance amid rumors of an ouster plot against him and unclear reports about his illnesses.

“You arrest me, oust me? Go ahead. So, fine. Oust me, good. Assassinate me, better. I have this migraine everyday. I had a bad sleep. And I have a lot of issues with my spinal

,” the President said.

Duterte, 71, confirmed that he has Barrett’s esophagus and Buerger’s disease.

“I might as well tell you about my medical history. Don’t believe in cancer. What I have is really Buerger’s disease. It’s an acquired thing that you get from smoking because of nicotine. Nicotine constricts the vessel. Alcohol dilates the vessel,” he said.

Barrett’s esophagus can sometimes develop into cancer of the esophagus. This condition is mostly found among people who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)–a chronic regurgitation of acid from the stomach into the lower esophagus.

Buerger’s disease is a recurring inflammation and clotting of small and medium arteries and veins of the hands and feet and is attributed to smoking.

Duterte revealed that he has to push a nerve below his ears to somehow relieve his pain.

“My doctor would want to operate but you know my wife was a nurse and she used to work in the United States, and she said a lot of [spinal]operations went awry,” he said.

“I cannot afford the operation, not because I do not have the money. I have the money to pay for it. It’s because my wife said that when a nerve is cut, you are dead forever,” the President added.

Duterte also admitted using Fentanyl patches to stop his severe chronic pain. His doctor, however, told him to stop using it because his cognitive ability would be affected.

“Fentanyl, it’s a pain killer. It’s being used by patients with cancer. I was only given a fourth of that square thing. There was a time that I took two. My doctor learned that I was using the whole patch because I felt better. He made me stop,” he said.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella gave assurances that there is “nothing serious” about the President’s condition.

“Regarding the President’s health, there’s really absolutely nothing to worry about. Whatever he mentioned is just part of wear and tear. But he is OK, in fact, if I may be allowed to say it, he is looking more guapo [good-looking] these days,” Abella told reporters.

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  1. That’s the reason why Bong Bong Run for Vice-President instead of President . Coz he knows Duterte will not last on his presidency. but the plan didn’t work on his favor coz he lost the election…Now he’s trying to steal it through Duterte. It might work coz the supreme court are all pro Marcos and Duterte and they will favor Marcos just like the way they did it to the Victims Of Martial Law and buried his Dictator Father to Libingan ng Bayani.

  2. “Fentanyl, it’s a pain killer. It’s being used by patients with cancer. I was only given a fourth of that square thing. There was a time that I took two. My doctor learned that I was using the whole patch because I felt better.”

    So Duterte proves he is not much different when it comes to drug use than the desperately poor addicts he encourages the police to shoot-to-kill, no questions asked. I’m not surprised, as most prohibitionists and drug war warriors are hypocrites, choosing only to criminalize some drugs but not others, such as deadly toxic alcohol. Duterte used more Fentanyl than he was supposed to because it helped soothe his pain, which is exactly why drug addicts use their drugs. It only takes a few uses to become addicted to most drugs, especially the extremely powerful Fentanyl, and then addicts no longer have free choice. The only difference between Duterte and the addicts he is killing is that as part of the elite he has access to doctors so was able to take advantage of their advice. Fentanyl, by the way is causing a huge crisis in both the US and Canada, where it is causing a huge rise in overdose deaths.

    see this article for example:

    “How doctors and big pharma helped create North America’s fentanyl crisis”
    https :// news. vice. com/article/how-north-americas-addiction-to-opioids-led-to-a-fentanyl-overdose-epidemic