Duterte, 73, needed to catch up on his sleep, spokesman Salvador Panelo said, according to Sky News.
“We assure the nation that his aforementioned absence has nothing to do with his physical health and well-being, which have been the subject of speculation,” Panelo said. “The president’s constantly punishing work schedule is proof that he is in top physical shape.”
Speculation over Duterte’s health has been an ongoing issue in the Philippines. He has openly admitted he’s tired and says he wants to step down before his term is over in 2022.