Monday, August 20, 2018

Joma Sison “a spent revolutionary not a doctor” after spreading fake news that Duterte is in 'coma'

Joma Sison stated that President Duterte is in 'coma'.Image credit to Rappler
In a Facebook post, CPP-NPA founder Joma Sison said that people who saw Duterte during the national convention in San Beda Law fraternity Lex Talionis Fraternitas in Davao City “reported that the darkness of his face had become aggravated from its appearance the other day and that his walk and handshake had become more unstable.”

“There was a rumor that he fell ill during his Lex Talionis affair. I talked to former secretary [Vitaliano] Aguirre who was in the affair, he was fine, he stayed till 12 [midnight],” he said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a palace briefing Monday said the speculations that Duterte was ill was all lies from a spent revolutionary Joma Sison.

“Contrary to what Joma Sison said, the President is fine and well in Davao, participating in Kadayawan,” he said.

“As usual, Joma Sison does not know what he talks about. How would he know about the state of health of the President when he is in far away The Hague Netherlands — not The Hague but I think another city in the Netherlands,” he added.

The President, he said, would have a public appearance on Tuesday with the League of Cities in Cebu City.

Roque rejected the “darkness” on the President’s face as per Sison's post in Facebook.

“I don’t know maybe he’s not wearing powder. Normally, the President wears powder, maybe there was just a photo taken of him without powder. So I don’t see anything extraordinarily different from the color of the President’s face,” he said.

He the President “was in very high spirits” and “he enjoyed the company of his brods in the Lex Talionis.”

Roque said the public should not listen to Sison, whom he described as “a  spent revolutionary not a doctor.”

“Well, Joma Sison is a spent revolutionary, not a doctor; let’s not listen to him as far as medical condition is concerned,” he said.

“So I don’t see any reason why people — I don’t even understand why Joma Sison said he was in coma. He’s in far away Netherlands, how would he know?” he added.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte stands beside his bed upon his arrival at the Mansion in Baguio. Image and caption credit to Manila Bulletin

Read full post below:

"Comment on Reports Pertaining to Duterte Being Sick
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
I have never stopped to presume that Duterte is still alive and capable of doing more mischief, mass murder and mass intimidation, as you can read from my message to the 5th National Congress of KARAPATAN today.

If you read carefully the following text, you can see that that I qualified the report that Duterte has gone into coma is still to be verified or negated:
Below is a photo of Duterte attending the national conference of his San Beda Law fraternity Lex Talionis last night Saturday in Davao City. Those who saw him reported that the darkness of his face had become aggravated from its appearance the other day and that his walk and handshake had become more unstable. The latest report (still to be verified or negated) is that Duterte has gone into coma since the afternoon or evening of today, Sunday, August 19. The report is still being verified by the press from the palace. People are awaiting the personal appearance of Duterte and medical bulletin from his office.
One more report circulating is that Sara Inday and key cabinet men have formed a caretaker committee to run the government while Duterte is indisposed. This report needs to be verified or negated by Duterte´s public appearance. We do not know the original source of the reports. The Duterte ruling clique itself might be the source to deflect attention from the raging issues against Duterte."
President Rodrigo Duterte in the palace. Image credit to PhilStar

Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go debated rumors that President Duterte is in a condition of unconsciousness.

“Nasa kama lang nag rest, kausap ko pa 2 am kaninang madaling araw si PRRD,” Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said in a text message.

(He’s just in bed resting, I spoke with him at 2 a.m.)

Go issued the statement after Communist Party of the Philippines Jose Maria Sison shared in his Facebook account that Duterte has gone into coma, citing “the latest report,” which he did not identify and elaborate.

Go said Sison must be dreaming.

“Baka nanaginip lang si Joma then napalitan lang ni Joma ng letter C ang pangalan niya. Siya pala ‘yun,” he said.

(Maybe Joma was just dreaming and he put C in Joma instead of his name. It was just him after all.)


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Source: InquirerFacebook/Joma Sison