A critic and fierce rival of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is "not buying" into the rumors that Filipino leader is ill.
Former Senator Antonio Trillanes posted on social media that Duterte "has been doing that (ploy) for the past five years" only to emerge like an all-conquering hero and "burn all those who went for the ride."
Trillanes posted his statement in response to speculations about Duterte's health after he cancelled two scheduled addresses to the public.
Senator Bong Go, a longtime Duterte aide, has been sharing photos of the president jogging, riding a motor vehicle and playing golf.
"I'm not buying this info that (D)uterte is sick. He's been doing that for the past 5 yrs. Mawawala kunyare (Will fake disappearance) then they'd float their own rumor."
"Tapos lalabas (He will then emerge) like a conquering hero and burn all those who went for the ride. He's a narcissist, remember? He craves for the attention."
Trillanes said that instead of getting taken for a ride with the administration's ruse, Filipinos should "just demand for him to work at this time of severe national crisis."
“Napakatamad na, wala pang malasakit (He is not only lazy but also indifferent),” Trillanes concluded.
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