By Christina Mendez (The Philippine Star)
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar sidestepped yesterday questions on reports that President Rodrigo Duterte underwent stem cell replacement procedure recently. Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo, File
MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar sidestepped yesterday questions on reports that President Duterte underwent stem cell replacement procedure recently.
Rather than answering the issue, Andanar noted that Duterte has been a workaholic president.
“You know, when we started last year, (the President) attended 1,355 activities in his first 365 days in Malacañang, the People’s Palace. That’s an average of four activities a day,” Andanar said in an interview over dzRH radio.
Another story now circulating, but which was not asked during the interview, was that Duterte had a hair transplant that caused his scalp and face to bloat, prompting him to stay out of the public eye for a few days.
Out of 115 available rest days, Andanar reported that Duterte used 76 days for resting although he still had private meetings in between.
“We can see how industrious President Duterte is… he just continues to do what he is doing. He is working hard for the country, and he is working hard for the people,” Andanar said.
He then noted that Duterte was mayor for 23 years before becoming president and went on to cite the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that reflected high trust ratings for the President.
“So, we have a President who is not lazy, a working President.” he added.
At one point, Andanar told dzRH anchor Leo Macalma that they might be the ones needing stem cell therapy.
Reports of Duterte’s stem cell therapy circulated a few weeks ago when the Chief Executive slowed down and was seen in public for several days.