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Filipinos prod Pres. Prodrigo Duterte to resign once more as Japan PM Shinzo Abe resigns due to illness

It seems the resignation of Japan’s longest-serving primer minister struck a nerve with Filipinos on social media.

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation on live TV.

Abe, 65, cited his long battle with ulcerative colitis as the reason for his resignation. His resignation signals an early race for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership a year before he officially ended his term in September 2021.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in the digestive tract. These develop over time and can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications.

Filipinos, of course, were quick to react once news of Abe’s resignation reached news outlets.

Some have likened Abe’s transparency with his health to our own President Rodrigo Duterte—though his resignation isn’t in sight.

The 75-year-old Duterte finally came clean and said his Barrett’s esophagus is nearing stage 1 esophageal cancer. Sen. Bong Go, however, reiterated that the president is still “as strong as a carabao”.

According to Mayo Clinic, Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which the flat pink lining of the swallowing tube that connects the mouth to the stomach (esophagus) becomes damaged by acid reflux, which causes the lining to thicken and become red.

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