(UPDATE) PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. shrugged off the tirades of his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte regarding his supposed drug addiction, attributing them to fentanyl, a drug that the former leader had taken.

"It is highly addictive, and it has very serious side effects. And PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) has been taking the drug for a very long time now," Marcos told reporters just before leaving on Monday for a two-day state visit to Vietnam.

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