Ex-President Erap says Duterte needs time to be alone

Former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said President Rodrigo Duterte is like anybody else who is entitled to have time alone.

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Reacting to the big fuss of the reason why Duterte disappeared from public view for about a week, the city Mayor said he understood the difficult situation the President was facing, particularly the Marawi siege.

“Let’s give him the privilege of being alone for a while. It’s hard to be President, that’s not the only country’s problem,” Estrada said, referring to the siege of Marawi.

Erap also said he's been through like that and he just needed rest to recuperate.

"I’ve been there and he just needed to rest."

The city mayor cited his own experience when he waged an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in 2000 that he said had cause him physical and mental stress.

“I don’t like giving excuses now, but I really had a hard time sleeping when I learned that many of my soldiers were dying,” said the Manila mayor.

The rumors about the President's health became a big fuss when he missed his supposedly first Independence Day Celebration as a President where Vice President Leni Robredo and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano appeared in his behalf.
Source: Inquirer.net