SC junks petition to disclose Duterte health records


MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition requiring the president to disclose the health record of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Sources told CNN Philippines that the dismissal was reached with 13 votes against. On the other hand, two other justices dissented, namely: Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Alfredo Caguioa.

The said petition was filed last April. Atty Dino de Leon stated there is existing severity in the recent admissions of the president. With those it makes it common nature for citizens to become curious.

“…given the gravity of the illness openly acknowledged by the President, the public release of his medical bulletins become a ministerial duty upon request from any concerned citizen,” said de Leon.

Upon the petition of the 42-page petition, Malacanang quickly brushed it off. They stated that they were confident that this will lead to dismissal.

The Presidential Spokersperson Harry Roque delimited the conditions that require the chief executive to disclose such information. He said that these bulletins are only mandatory “in case of serious illness.”

Roque state that the Supreme Court also has no jurisdiction over the state of the president’s health. This is in addition to his immunity from cases filed against him.


What is known of the president’s health?

Prior to this, President Duterte has confessed having certain medical or health conditions. Some of which include migraines, nausea, pain due to spinal injury.

Some of the other more serious diagnosis are Buerger’s disease and Barrett’s esophagus. The former affects the president’s cardiovascular organs, particularly his blood vessels. Meanwhile, the latter causes heartburns and acid indigestion.

Recently, the president has told the media that his sleeping patterns were altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that, late at night, he worries about the future of the country after the health crisis.

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