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Duterte in ‘kama’ not ‘coma’ – Bong Go

Duterte in ‘kama’ not ‘coma’ – Bong Go

What coma?

President Rodrigo Duterte’s trusted aide on Monday disputed rumors that the chief executive is in a state of coma.

“Nasa kama lang nag rest, kausap ko pa 2 am kaninang madaling araw si PRRD,” Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said in a text message.

(He’s just in bed resting, I spoke with him at 2 a.m.)

Go issued the statement after Communist Party of the Philippines Jose Maria Sison shared in his Facebook account that Duterte has gone into coma, citing “the latest report,” which he did not identify and elaborate.

Go said Sison must be dreaming.

“Baka nanaginip lang si Joma then napalitan lang ni Joma ng letter C ang pangalan niya. Siya pala ‘yun,” he said.

(Maybe Joma was just dreaming and he put C in Joma instead of his name. It was just him after all.)

In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also refuted the speculations that Duterte was ill.

“Contrary to what Joma Sison said, the President is fine and well in Davao, participating in Kadayawan,” he said.

“As usual, Joma Sison does not know what he talks about. How would he know about the state of health of the President when he is in far away The Hague Netherlands — not The Hague but I think another city in the Netherlands,” he added.

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