MANILA - More Filipinos believe President Rodrigo Duterte is facing health problems, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Wednesday.
Of 1,440 Filipino adults polled last month, 49 percent said they believe that the 73-year-old President has health problems, while 24 percent do not. Twenty-seven percent were undecided about the matter, said SWS.
The net belief that the President has health problems rose to +25 from +19 last September, it added.
The net belief that Duterte has health problems was highest in Metro Manila at +31, followed by Balance Luzon at +28, Visayas at +26, and Mindanao at +14.
Meanwhile, 66 percent of the respondents were worried about Duterte's health, while 34 percent said otherwise.
The survey found those worried about the President's health was highest in his home region Mindanao at 73 percent, followed by Metro Manila and the Visayas at 66 percent, and Balance Luzon at 63 percent.
The health of Duterte, the oldest in history elected as Philippine president, has been a source of concern from the public.
Earlier this year, he underwent a medical checkup to examine a “growth” found in his digestive tract. The President said he needed to undergo endoscopy and colonoscopy because he suffers from Barret’s esophagus, a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Duterte claimed he tested negative for cancer.
Malacañang has shunned issuing regular bulletins on Duterte’s health.
Under the 1987 Constitution, the public should be told about the state of health of a sitting president. If the leader dies in office, is permanently disabled or removed through impeachment, the vice president succeeds to serve the remaining years in a 6-year single term.
The fourth quarter poll was conducted from December 16 to 19. It has a margin of error of ±2.6 percent for national figures.