Duterte visits cancer-stricken kids in Davao hospital ahead of Christmas

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 24 2018 03:25 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2018 03:43 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte visited patients at the pediatric cancer ward of the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City Sunday, two days before Christmas.

Duterte spent 3 hours at the hospital's Children's Cancer Institute interacting with patients, Mae Dolendo, a physician at the hospital, said in a Facebook post.

A child even sang a full length song which the President patiently listened to, she said. Duterte also sang a birthday song for a child who turned a year old that day.

President Rodrigo Duterte visits children stricken with cancer at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Dec. 23, 2018. Courtesy of Bong Go

President Rodrigo Duterte visits children stricken with cancer at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Dec. 23, 2018. Courtesy of Bong Go

President Rodrigo Duterte visits children stricken with cancer at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City on Dec. 23, 2018. Courtesy of Bong Go

The President also volunteered to be the "barkada" of a cancer patient who has no parents, even offering to take a photo with the child as proof.

Dolendo mentioned that children in the ward had missed the 73-year old politician, who has become "very busy."

"Thus, the reason why this visit was utterly precious. He took his time. We took his personal time," she said.

"He is a president for the people, an ordinary man doing extraordinary things, trying to do right, regardless of the challenges. Surmountable or not," Dolendo said.

 

Dolendo's viral post has already garnered over 4,000 likes on Facebook within 6 hours of posting.