In response to the petition, the SC said these were “merely based on what he perceived from the online news articles discussing the President’s illnesses,” which the SC has consistently characterized such articles as “hearsay evidence.” MANILA – The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition compelling President Rodrigo Duterte to release his medical records to the public. The lawyer alleged that Duterte had been absent from engagements for health reasons, had “prolonged absences” from the public view, and appeared incoherent in COVID-19 public addresses. “Further, the President’s regular televised addresses to the nation as regards the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic show that the President has been actively performing his official duties,” the court added. In a resolution that was made public on Wednesday, the High Court justices threw out the petition of lawyer Dino De Leon as it was based on “conjectures and unsubstantiated.” “Apparently, petitioner’s allegation that the President is seriously ill is unsubstantiated and is based merely on petitioner’s surmises and conjectures regarding his perception of the declining health of the President,” it further said./PN “Based on the allegations in the petition itself, petitioner failed to establish the existence of a clear legal right that was violated, or that he is entitled to the writ of mandamus prayed for,” the SC said. He also cited the President’s several illnesses, such as Buerger’s disease, Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease, spinal issues, daily migraines, and myasthenia gravis. “After a punctilious evaluation of the petition, the Court finds that the averments and arguments in the petition failed to establish a prima facie case for mandamus, i.e., that the reliefs sought constitute ministerial duties on the part of respondents, and that there is a clear legal right on petitioner’s part to demand the performance of these ministerial duties,” the SC said. De Leon filed a petition for mandamus earlier this year asking that the Office of the President be ordered to disclose President Duterte’s health records since he assumed office.
Rita Mae Ridner, age 75, of Osgood passed away early Friday December 21, 2018. Rita was born on March 23, 1943, the daughter of the late Dallas Russell and Ellen (Barnes) Ogden. She grew up along with her brothers and sisters in the Osgood community. She graduated in the first class of 1961 from Jac-Cen-Del High School. After graduating high school, Rita worked for 38 years at the US Shoe factory in Osgood, then worked for 6 years at J & J Packaging in Sunman. She was a proud and faithful member of the Osgood First Baptist Church.Rita was the true meaning of a lady. She had a feisty side and was not afraid of hard work. Rita also enjoyed the finer things in life like country music, traveling both near and far, and a good cold beer. Above all though, her greatest joy was to be with family and friends, chatting about anything and everything. She was passionate about her love for her family and always concerned with the wellbeing of others — offering a smile, a kind word, a hug, or a small gift to cheer someone up. Rita knew few strangers and was blessed with many life-long friendships.Rita is survived by son Paul (Theresa) Rork of Fairland, granddaughter Heather Renee of Indianapolis, grandson Christopher Paul (Ashley) Rork of San Diego, CA, great-granddaughter Josephine-Ann of San Diego, CA, along with brothers Melvin and Doug (Debbie) Ogden of Osgood, and sisters Linda Sue, Bonnie Kay, and Tina Louise, all of Osgood. Rita is also survived by her close and dear friend, Jerry Burton.Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 26 from 4-7 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday December 27 at 10 a.m. at the Osgood First Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Allen. Burial will follow at Greendale Cemetery. Doors to the church will open at 9 a.m. Memorials may given to the church building fund.
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