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Duterte passed out? No, Palace says

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MANILA – Did President Rodrigo Duterte passed out on Monday, Nov. 28?

The question was raised after Duterte failed to meet Bangladesh officials in Malacanang.
Palace officials said is in good condition following rumors that the chief executive passed out on his way to a meeting.


“We would like to assure our people that the President is in good physical and mental health. He is strong and agile and can stand the responsibilities and demands of the presidency,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.


A text message circulated among reporters that Duterte passed out just before his scheduled meeting in Malacañang.

In the afternoon, Mr. Duterte showed up and led the ceremonial inauguration of the 135-megawatt Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion Power Plant of the Palm Concepcion Power Corporation (PCPC) Plant at Malacanang.

Later, Malacanang released photos of Mr. Duterte meeting former President and now Deputy Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Muslim leader Nur Misuari separately in Malacanang. The meetings were held in the morning of Nov. 28 when Mr. Duterte allegedly passed out.


The President was joined by PCPC officials led by Palm Concepcion Chairman Walter Brown and Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi during the ceremonial switch- on of the coal-fired power plant located in Barangay Nipa, Concepcion, Iloilo.


At present, the power plant is supplying power to its customers in Panay, Negros and the rest of the Visayas.


”I would like to congratulate the corporation. Mr. Brown, do not worry about pollution. It’s always there. It’s up to our mankind to innovate and come up with gadgets that would compensate all these things because we cannot abandon the sources of energy,” President Duterte said in his speech.


The President said coal-fired electric power plants are needed for the country to entice more investors to put up businesses that would provide more jobs for more than 100 million Filipinos.


”Whatever is really working on fuel, we cannot really avoid…but you have to consider along the way in our course of civilization,” the President said.


”Coal, it’s the cheapest and probably if we use the modern technology, it’s the safest. Just be careful with the operation,” he added.


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