Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has called on those demanding a full disclosure of President Duterte’s health condition to give him the privilege of being alone for a while as the job of a president is hard.
Estrada said he understands that Duterte is currently in a difficult situation because the country is beset with many problems, particularly the almost month-long crisis in Marawi City.
“Let’s give him the privilege of being alone for a while. It’s hard to be a president, ‘di lang ‘yan ang problema ng bansa,” Estrada said.
Duterte skipped the Independence Day ceremony at the Rizal Park last June 12 and was not seen in public for five days.
The President quelled speculations on his health by resurfacing on Saturday. He told newsmen that his health was immaterial and that his five-day absence was due to a “secret trip” that he had to take.
“Nanggaling na ako diyan, e, palagay ko nagpapahinga lang,” Estrada said.
When he was president, particularly during his all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2000, Estrada recounted that he, too, found it hard to sleep at night, causing him physical and mental stress.
“I don’t like giving excuses now,” he said, “eh ako din nu’n, ‘pag maraming namamatay na sundalo, ‘di rin ako makatulog.”
Estrada speculated that Duterte could have spent more time with his advisers planning on how to end the armed conflict in Marawi and looking for solutions to the country’s many problems.
“Siguro, iniisip nila how to solve the problems of the country – economy, peace and order, everything. ‘Di basta-basta maging pangulo eh,” he added. “Let’s just all wish him good health, and pray,” Estrada said.
Joseph Ejercito also known as Joseph Estrada, Filipino actor and politician who served as president of the Philippines (1998–2001) and later mayor of Manila 2013 upto present has been a very supportive politician of the Duterte Administration.