Duterte says his two-week absence from public eye intentional

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has advised his critics to “pray harder” if they want him to die soon as he ended what he described as his intentional absence from the public eye. In a pre-recorded address aired last Monday – his first since March 29 – the 76-year-old Duterte spewed scathing remarks against those who questioned his whereabouts and insisted that he remains fit to perform his duties as President. “If you want me to die early, you must pray harder. Actually what you intend or what you would like to happen is to see me go,” Duterte said. “You want me to go and you …

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