Duterte takes leave for Manila tests, treatment
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / June 8) – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte took a 10-day
sick leave effective Friday to submit for medical tests and treatment
in Manila, the City Hall announced today.
Duterte earlier announced the leave of absence to undergo a major
surgery, but he said it would be only after his inauguration on June
He told reporters Friday that he has been experiencing pain in his
upper spinal column resulting from a motorcycle accident many years
ago. He said this was aggravated in a latest accident near the
Bangkerohan public market.
Duterte said the pain was bearable when he was younger “but recently,
I am having a hard time moving around,” he said.
His aides said he needed a “major orthopedic operation.”
City administrator Wendell Avisado said the mayor chose the Cardinal
Santos Memorial Hospital in Quezon City for medical examinations and
possible treatment.He said medical bulletins would be released as they come. Avisado said
they were confident Duterte would make it to his inauguration.
Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan would be the acting mayor from June 8 to 22,
the period of Duterte’s absence.
Incidentally, Duterte will report to office again on June 23, the day
the city government would implement its ordinance banning aerial
spraying. The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association
(PBGEA) has contested the ordinance before the Regional Trial Court
here and has filed for a temporary injunction.
Duterte’s announcement to take a leave caused a stir, viewed by
critics as a scheme to usher his daughter, Vice Mayor-elect Sara
Duterte, as chief executive. The mayor has denied this saying he would
finish his last three-year term.
A source from Duterte’s Hugpong Party said this week that First
District Rep. and House Majority Floor leader Prospero Nograles would
likely slug it out with the younger Duterte in 2010 for mayor with
Duterte possibly running against Nograles’ son lawyer Karlo for
Congress. (Walter I. Balane / MindaNews)