Duterte shrugs off health rumors anew, says dark skin caused by using partner's facial cream

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — President Rodrigo Duterte once again shrugged off rumors on his health problems.

In a speech Thursday, Duterte explained that the recent darkening of his face was due to an adverse reaction to a skincare routine. He said he tried to use the facial cream of partner Honeylet Avanceña.

"Nasunog ito, buti nalang nagpunta ako sa derma(tologist) who is really good. Kasi ang ginamit ko kasi, yung sa asawa ko (Honeylet), ah cream lang yan," Duterte said during the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo. "'Yung asawa ko, okay yan. Pero pagtingin ko (sa salamin), bakit nangitim ako lalo?"

[Translation: My face got burnt. It's a good thing I went to a really good dermatologist. Because what I used was my partner's cream. On my partner, it looked good. But when I looked at myself in the mirror, I thought, why did I get even darker?]

Duterte added detractors should not make a big deal out of his health "issues" as people his age suffer the same problems.

"When you get old, you get sick. Ako, 73 years old, huwag kayong magtanong kung may sakit ako o wala. Lahat ng 73 years old dito sa p***** i**** mundong ito, may sakit," the country's chief executive said.

[Translation:When you get old, you get sick. I'm 73 years old, don't ask me if I have an illness or not. Every 73-year-old in this world has an illness]

"Sabi nila kasi, 'yung may mga kidney na sakit, may itim (sa mukha). Meron akong kidney, part of it is already gone. My heart beats 120 miles per hour, sinong hindi mamamatay niyan? Maghintay lang kayo," he joked.

[Translation: They say those who have kidney problems get darker skin. I have a kidney, but part of it is already gone. My heart beats 120 miles per hour, who wouldn't die of that? Just wait.]

Duterte previously said the unusual dark marks on his skin were due to sunburn, as he refused to use sunblock when he was visiting the countryside.

Critics have being calling for transparency regarding the President's health - possibly through disclosing medical records or a regular medical bulletin - after Duterte himself admitted to having several medical conditions.

In his previous speeches he said he suffered migraines, nausea, pain due to a spinal injury, Buerger's disease or a disorder affecting blood vessels, and Barrett's esophagus or a complication which causes heartburn or acid indigestion.