MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday said he agrees with those asking for full disclosure of President Rodrigo Duterte’s health condition.
“I agree with them. The health of the president of any country is not his and his family’s private affair alone,” he said in a text message to reporters. “It is a matter of public concern.”
But the senator went beyond the health of just the president.
He also argued that all the health records of VP Leni Robredo, Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez who are the first, second and third in line to succeed the president in the event of death or incapacity, be made public.
By “full disclosure,” Lacson says he means all the health issues they are facing, the medications and vitamins they are taking, whether or not they use condoms or birth control pills when having sex especially in extra-martial affairs, if they adhere to a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables as well as avoiding unlimited rice (specially white rice), if they are a member of a gym club and are getting massages on a regular basis.
“They should also disclose the brands of their bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hairspray, deodorant and cologne,” he said.
But Lacson said the full health disclosure should not be limited to the president and those in the line of succession but all elected officials — and candidates.
The most important disclosure, especially for candidates, is their mental health, the senator argued. “The Filipino people cannot afford to elect candidates who have serious mental issues, like some former president of ours.”