MANILA, Philippines – Other leaders reportedly or admittedly did it — former presidents Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, ex-senator Juan Ponce Enrile, and former first lady Imelda Marcos. And maybe there’s also nothing wrong if President Rodrigo Duterte had also underwent stem cell therapy.
But while Duterte’s spokesperson said that the chief executive appeared to look younger and more attractive, Ernesto Abella on Friday, July 14, said that he didn’t receive any information to confirm
swirling speculations that Duterte had underwent the procedure done through therapies such as transplantation of blood stem cells, bone marrow transplant, or the use of umbilical cord blood.
“He looks guwapo [handsome], right?,” Abella told reporters but added that as far as he knew, the President didn’t undergo such treatment also known as regenerative medicine that treats diseases, helps repair body organs, and prevents a condition.
Abella nonetheless admitted what he knew so far about the matter was limited.
On Wednesday, July 13, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar sidestepped a query on reports about the same issue.
Instead of answering the question, Andanar said during a radio interview on dzRH that, “You know, when we started last year, (the President) attended 1,355 activities in his first 365 days in Malacañang, the People’s Palace. That’s an average of four activities a day.”
“We can see how industrious President Duterte is… he just continues to do what he is doing. He is working hard for the country, and he is working hard for the people,” he added.
The reports came out following Duterte’s frequent absence from public view since last month.