Palace: Duterte remains in good shape, only slipped during SONA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 27) — There's nothing wrong with President Rodrigo Duterte's health, his spokesperson Harry Roque maintained on Tuesday, dismissing fresh speculations about the chief executive's physical condition triggered by video footage of him appearing wobbly after taking a bow to people around him.

"Wala pong problema kay Presidente [There's nothing wrong with the President]," Roque said in a media briefing. The President slightly lost his balance moments before delivering his final State of the National Address on Monday.

He explained Duterte simply slipped because of the carpet at the Batasang Pambansa.

"Bagamat carpet 'yan, siguro dahil linis na linis 'yan ay madulas lang kaunti yung carpet, lalo na kung ika'y naka-leather shoes," he added.

[Translation: Although he was walking on carpet, perhaps because it was really clean, it can get rather slippery especially if you're wearing leather shoes.]

However, in a radio interview after the SONA, Duterte said he stumbled because someone stepped on his foot. The President, who at the time of the interview said he was at a restaurant, also denied rumors he was brought to the hospital after his speech.

Last month, Roque also said it was "a simple misstep" when the President fell off balance during the Independence Day celebration in Bulacan.

The 76-year-old Duterte's medical condition has always been a public concern and made headlines in recent years.

He himself previously admitted to having several health problems, such as daily 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.