MANILA- The photo of President Rodrigo Duterte lying on bed while watching television was meant to allay concerns on the chief executive's health, Malacañang said Monday.
The President was seen watching "Django Unchained" through streaming service provider Netflix in a photo provided by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat over the weekend.
"The only reason why pinakita niya (Duterte) yung picture niya na watching siya tsaka nagbabasa ng dyaryo is para ma-ease yung concern na may sakit siya. Ibig sabihin okay ako, yun lang reason nun," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.
(He only showed a photo himself watching television and reading the paper to ease concerns that he is sick. It means he is well.)
Panelo also clarified that President Duterte attended to his work even from the comforts of his Davao home.
"Yes, he's working. he worked at home. Haven't you worked at home?" he said.
"He wanted to focus on his work. You must remember that the President in his Beijing trip had a very punishing schedule. In fact, he had to miss one event because he had a migraine attack and after that, he had to attend several meetings," he added.
Duterte was out of the public eye for 5 days last week following his trip to Beijing.
He was last seen during the opening of this year's Palarong Pambansa in Davao City on April 28.