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Supreme Court dismisses petition to disclose Duterte’s health records

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The Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking the disclosure of the President’s health records on Friday.

According to court sources, the voting was 13-2.

The 13 justices voted against the petition while Associate Justices Marvic Leonen and Benjamin Caguioa differ.

Lawyer Dino de Leon said in a 42-page petition filed in April that “given the gravity of the illnesses openly acknowledged by the President, the public release of his medical bulletins becomes a ministerial duty upon request from any concerned citizen.”

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The young lawyer de Leon cited President Duterte’s claim that he has had several ailments like Buerger’s disease and the rare muscle disease myasthenia gravis, as well as his admission that his endoscopy showed a growth. Later on, Malacañang announced that tests are negative.

He filed a freedom of information (FOI) requests with Malacañang but was told that records are not on file.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque pointed out that the Constitution requires the President to report the status of his health to the public only “in case of serious illness.”

He added that aside from the President is immune from suit, the Supreme Court does not have the power to try facts and decide on whether or not he has a serious illness.

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