Duterte visits hospital for check-up on eve of SONA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 23) — President Rodrigo Duterte went to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center on the night before his third State of the Nation Address (SONA).

This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who said that this was a routine medical check up.

“He spent about an hour and a half for the routine examination. He was declared to be in good health,” Roque told CNN Philippines.

This was not the first time Duterte’s health was brought into question.

Back in 2017, the President skipped his first Independence day rites. Then Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that he was resting from exhaustion.

“The president is well. There is nothing to worry about in terms of sickness, major sickness. He's just tired,” Abella had said.

READ: Duterte's health not a cause for worry – Malacañang

The President had also previously admitted to suffering from daily migraines and Buerger’s disease. The disease, which affects blood vessels, can cause extreme pain in severe cases. Left unchecked, it may also lead to skin damage, infection, and even gangrene.

He has admitted to using an oxygen converter when sleeping.

Malacañang had also previously dismissed that Duterte had suffered a mild stroke in June last year.

READ: Malacañang denies Duterte suffered mild stroke  

Upon arriving from a recent trip in Seoul, Korea, Duterte shared he vomited on the plane and suffered a migraine attack that kept him from greeting Filipino passengers on that flight.

Under the 1987 Constitution, the public shall be informed of the state of the health of the President in case of serious illness.

Duterte, now 73 years old, will deliver his third SONA tomorrow, 4 p.m. at the Batasang Pambansa. He had previously said that the he will only talk for 35 minutes.

The President is also expected to sign the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao tomorrow.