Lapu Lapu City—President Rodrigo Duterte admitted he had undergone colonoscopy and endoscopy last week performed by Dr. Jose Sollano, chairperson of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology.
Duterte made the statement during APAGE’s 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum on Friday.
“I had mine colonoscopy and endoscopy about a week ago. Joey did the procedure and he said that, well, I have a bad case of Barrett. He said, if you’ll just stop drinking, you will live,” Duterte said in his speech.
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“Historically, I took after my mother who was always constipated. That was her complaint. But she lived to be 96 years old. So if you want to live forever, pray for constipation,” he added.
The President said his son, Sebastian, was also a patient of Sollano, a former president of the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology.
“He got it also and...he started to have a leak,” he said.
“I’m telling you the truth. And that was also genetically maybe. And I have a son, Sebastian. He was also a patient of Joey. Joey said just [take] plenty of water.. the problem is plenty of visits to the bathroom...And my son was complaining about bleeding and there’s, as I said, a leak,” the President added.
In his speech, Duterte acknowledged the efforts of APAGE and its partners for spearheading the conference, noting that intestinal disorders were among the common diseases that affect the uniformed personnel.
“From my observation…not yet when I was mayor…but when I became President, I noticed that about 40 percent of all my soldiers and policemen suffer abdominal disorder,” Duterte said.
“I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the food. You know, when the soldiers…they go to the mountains, drink the water without purifiers. And just because it’s a spring in the mountain, you will just easily conclude that it’s clean, that it is pure.”
“I don’t think that is true because I said most of my [soldiers and policemen]…they have this—it’s in the gastroenterologist territory. Most of them are destroyed. Most of them die of something wrong there,” he added.
Medical experts have described IBD “as an important emerging condition in the region’s developing nations” such as the Philippines as it poses a threat to the well-being and productivity of the people.
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