MALACAÑANG on Sunday, May 19, denied persistent rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte is in the hospital.
"There is no truth to the rumor circulating that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is confined in Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
He said the President is in his residence at the Palace signing papers.
"I just talked to him, he is neither confirming nor denying that he went to the hospital," Panelo added.
At about the same time that Panelo issued a statement, former special assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go posted photos of him and the President, who could be seen holding a copy of a Sunday paper, on his social media account.
Go later added two more photos of them having snacks. The photos were taken at Bahay Pangarap, the President's official residence inside Malacañang Park.