Hilbay on Duterte's absence: 'something's wrong & disturbing about repeated proof of life shots'

President Rodrigo Duterte and Florin Hilbay / composite photo from Panay News

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay said it is “disturbing” that President Rodrigo Duterte has to show proof of life whenever he’s out of public eyes for couple of days.

“There’s something fundamentally wrong & disturbing about repeated proof of life shots of a President every time, there’s a public outcry over his prolonged absence,” Hilbay said in a tweet

Hilbay reminded the Chief Executive of his “greater obligation” to the people than giving proof that he is alive.

“A public officer who is Commander in Chief & Chief Exec has a greater obligation than just prove he's still alive.” He said

On Sunday, rumors circulated online that President Duterte was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan after allegedly suffering from cardiac arrest.

Palace, on the other hand, denied the reports explaining that Duterte is in his residence in the Palace, signing papers.

Former Presidential aide Bong Go, meanwhile, shared a photo on Facebook showing the President sitting at a table and holding Sunday’s copy of The Philippine Star newspaper.

Before this, Duterte was last seen during the mid-term elections, casting his vote at the Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School in Davao City on May 13.

Source: Politiko

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