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‘FAKE NEWS’ | Palace denies Duterte hospitalized
April 2, 2020 , 08:15 PM

(April 2, 2020) – Malacañang on Thursday denied rumors circulating on social media that President Rodrigo Duterte had been hospitalized at a medical facility in San Juan.

Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte continues to work at the presidential compound in Manila.

“We have been informed that fake news is starting to spread on social media that PRRD is already confined at the Cardinal Santos hospital,” Panelo said in a statement. “Such information is absolutely false.”

Duterte, 75, has been on quarantine since March 27 after being exposed to government officials that contracted the deadly coronavirus. Duterte’s quarantine will end on April 7.

Panelo also denied allegations the government ordered the distribution of donated medical supplies be centralized under the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for the president’s longtime aide and now senator Lawrence Christopher “Bong” Go.

“The spread of these fake information is malicious and obviously done by the negative forces and detractors of the Duterte administration and its allies,” Panelo said.

At Thursday’s press briefing, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said donations can be given directly to hospitals and other institutions.

But he also said that the medical facilities, in turn, should report to the OCD the quantity of donated personal protective equipment they have received.

Go, a neophyte lawmaker, is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography. (Christian de Lano Deiparine/JBS)

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