“BLAME it on migraine,” President Rodrigo Duterte said explaining why he missed the Town Hall Session of the MSME Summit which was hosted by tv host Kris Aquino.
Duterte said he was forced to take a rest because of migraine but later was well enough to grace the launch of Pilipinong May Puso Foundation at a hotel in Davao City Friday evening.
The Pilipinong May Puso Foundation was founded in honor of Duterte’s late mother, Soledad Roa Duterte.
Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said Duterte had to skip the event at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City due to a “bad migraine.”
In his speech at the foundation affair, Duterte lashed out anew at Sen. Leila de Lima.
He also weighed in on the operation conducted by the CIDG which left suspected drug lord Rolando Espinosa and one inmate dead.
Duterte’s interview by Aquino had been widely promoted and advertised.
“Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy,” said Aquino on stage after she was introduced by Concepcion.
Aquino said she did not know why she was “snubbed.”
Aquino said she lost weight just for the exclusive interview.
“Minsan ang mga first date hindi natutuloy. President Duterte pinaghandaan kita, nag-dyeta ako ng dalawang linggo,” Aquino said on stage at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City.
She hoped that her cancelled meeting with Duterte would still push through in the future.
“President Duterte, please give me a chance. I hope one day mamahalin mo rin ako (one day you will also love me),” she said.
“I apologize again that the date hindi natuloy (did not push through). I was stood up. But I assume the next time...sisipot na siya.”
‘Rody is fine’
“The President is fine”.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the assurance in a text message to Palace reporters yesterday.
Abella said Duterte only experienced migraine.
In a separate text message, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said “the long hours and endless trip must be taking its toll on the President.”
“Like any human being, the President needs to take a rest,” Andanar said.
During the regional convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in Manila, the President told a group of lawyers that he has “medical issues.”
But Andanar reacted to Duterte’s statement, saying the President was “fit and healthy” to perform his job as the country’s chief executive.
Duterte just returned home early Friday from his visit to Thailand and Malaysia this week.
The President earlier visited the countries of Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan and China.
Next week, the President is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Peru although Duterte himself aired doubts about his showing up at the vital convergence of Asia- Pacific leaders.