Gloria Arroyo’s case high risk, not life threatening, says spokesman


Elena Bautista-Horn, spokesperson of Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, told reporters her boss has gone to Tagaytay City to seek treatment in an alternative medicine clinic. KAREN BONCOCAN/

MANILA, Philippines–Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s medical condition is “high risk” but not life threatening, her spokesperson Elena Bautista-Horn said on Thursday.

Arroyo has gone to an alternative medicine clinic in Tagaytay to seek treatments which could ease her discomfort that has not been resolved after three surgeries.

“Balita ko andun na siya and she’s being attended to sa alternative medicine clinic na pinuntahan niya (From what I heard, she’s already there in an alternative medicine clinic),” said Horn, pointing out that it was the former President’s sister Cielo who convinced her to check the clinic in Tagaytay.

She said that Arroyo has lost more than 20 pounds and was having difficulties in eating. “Less than 90 pounds na lang siya. Hirap lang talaga siya kumain.”

Even so, she said that the lawmaker was “not desperate. She’s left with no choice at this point with the legal limitations. She’s not dying or gasping for air but she can choke anytime and her breathing can get affected.”

Arroyo is attended by a private nurse and will continue her physical therapy sessions at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

Despite the cases against Arroyo and her poor health, her spokesperson maintained that “she’s a very strong willed person, it’s (strong will) still there but she also gets strength from prayers. She goes to church everyday.”

Horn said that when the plunder case was filed, Arroyo said “maybe we aren’t praying enough, we should pray more.”

Asked if Arroyo prayed more after cases were filed against her, the spokesperson said that “she has more time to pray now. (But she has always been) very, very prayerful.”

She said that the Pampanga lawmaker wanted to visit the House of Representatives upon being freed on Wednesday but was urged to go straight home and get ample time of rest.

Horn said it was unclear when the Pampanga lawmaker will resume her work at the House of Representatives.

Arroyo is entertaining the idea of being treated through alternative medicine since she was limited by the hold departure order by Sandigan from seeking medical attention abroad, said Horn.

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  • Pablo Juan

     sana walang side-trip of golf sa  tagaytay highlands ha?

  • calipso_2100

    Long time no hear Ms Horn. Now hear now. Balik trabaho ka na naman.  Resume mo na mga kasinungalingan mo.

  • Roel

    Sa albolaryo may titiwala si GMA but sa mga Doctor natin wala! hahahah

  • Juan Tamadachij

    Well what do you know, Doctora Elena Bautista Horn is back with a fresh diagnosis, or is it a rehash of her previous diagnosis? Doctora Horn you have to say a lot more than that to earn your salary. Show your lord and master, Dorovo,  that you are worth every penny of the mega bucks pay you are getting from her..

  • Jun Go

    inasmuch as i do not wish to have the former president be inflicted with “life-threatening” health problem; we just wish that they will be truthful with their words.

    do not make use of this as “alibi” just to go around or even twist our law.

    this “story” has been used for several occasion and become an act of deception not only to the government but likewise to the common people.

    magpaka-totoo lamang sana sila at talagang harapin ang kaso kung malinis at walang bahid ng anumalya silang ginawa.

  • quphal

    ms horn bakit ba yang amo tuwing lalabas sa media palaging may cast sa leeg. yan ba ang usong fashion ngayon, parang necklace? nasobrahan ba yan sa pagma-mahjong sa veterans.


    Dato arroyo said on ANC that a mass was held in their la vista home. How can a mass be held inside a residence when even small chapels in many barangays can not even have a mass because it still needs official recognition, even if a whole sitio or barangay is requesting for a mass to be held there.

    This is clearly a special treatment given by the church to the rich and influential people. no wonder many catholics are abandoning their church because of unequal treatment by the priests.

    • calipso_2100

      Malaki kc “offering” nila.

    • Juan Tamadachij

      Pajero Bishops at work.. Doing their best to earn their keep

      shame… shame… shame… Damaso

      • BS

        Can you name one who is the recipient of the pajero or pajeros ? i thought it was already corrected in the past by the accuser pcso juico that no one received pajeros but pick up,montero,and van. pajero bishops was coined to dramatize or exaggerate the issue and generate hatred to some cbcp members.

      • Juan Tamadachij

        My use of the expression “pajero bishops” is a catch all term for bishops who received, using your own words, ” pick up,montero,and van” from Dorovo. Now whether the expression “was coined to dramatize or exaggerate the issue and generate hatred to some cbcp members”, as you say, is debatable.

      • BS

        4×4 vehicles were primarily given to bishops who requested it so they can reach far-flung areas and serve their hundreds if not thousands parishioners. now if those vehicles were used for their personal luxury that’s a different story. Now compare the money spent for these vehicles and CCT program of the Penoy admin that will allocate almost 40 billion pesos of taxpayers money. If those recipients of CCT will use the money to buy foods and help the poor children go to school and its feeding program that will be laudable…but there are reports that some recipients are not eligible of the program and uses the money for gambling and drinking…that is a different story….what a waste of taxpayers money !

      • Juan Tamadachij

        BS, you have your opinion as I have my own opinion. As for the correct and only opinion, it does not exist.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    “Little Girl blue,
    Come blow your horn,
    Your Boss is on furlough,
    But to jail she’ll return.”

    • Juan Tamadachij

      I like the humorous rhyming poem lines… one more line and it would have been a great limerick..

    • onin3

       There you go again with your satiric prose Mad… The vintage you; so love it!

  • zahraff

    A titanium implant whether it is in the neck or anywhere in the human body will develop callous formation around it in about 2-4 weeks after its surgical implantation. Callous formation will stabilize it so that it won’t dislodge. If the operation was not successful, the surgeon will immediately notice it as he does his daily rounds as will be written in his daily progress notes. Also, the patient will complain right away after GMA will wake up on the very first day of the cervical spine operation. This will immediately prompt the surgeon to immediately do a corrective measure to solve the problem. This complaint was never heard of from GMA, for the simple reason that the operation was a success. We are humans, and just imagine, na magkaroon lang tayo ng napakaliit na tinik sa ating lalamunan (say from a bangus, ay hindi na tayo mapakali, at itong reklamo ni GMA ay isang “TITANIUM”), sinong loko-loko ang maniniwala na nasa lalamunan ni GMA for about EIGHT MONTHS na ang nakalipas from the time she got operated! The statement that GMA is “high risk,” but not life-threatening is ridiculous! “High risk” that the titanium implant will dislodge – that is impossible to happen, kahit na bitayin mo nang patiwarik si GMA ay hindi yan madi-dislodge dahil that is fairly secured! So, Ms. Horn, we don’t want to hear next time, that GMA needs to go overseas for medical treatment, because you have already said that it is not a life-threatening one. No medical expert, whether local or abroad can offer or treat GMA’S kalokohan complaints, simply because her medical condition is a chronic lingering illness. What GMA must do with all the monies that she has, is to get the medical experts to bring it down here in the Philippines, for after all, her condition is not a life-threatening one, otherwise GMA must be dead by now! The HOLD DEPARTURE ORDER (HDO) for GMA must always be in place, because GMA will always try to get out, for the simple reason that her cases are mounting, and the odds are not in her favor. She knows that the only way to escape conviction is get out of the country, which the FILIPINO people will never tolerate!

  • onin3

    So after all, her condition is not life threatening. Yet your camp Ms. Horn, has said several messages that confused the public, aided in no small measure by your patroness’ good acting that her life is in grave danger, that she has to  be treated abroad because no doctor here is competent enough to treat her. So what”s really the score? Who’s telling the truth among you? Earlier Danilo Suarez and Juan Ponce Enrile were warning that Arroyo be better released soon, because anything that could happen to her life would be blamed on this presidency. Yet, nang mailabas ang release order niya kahapon, mabilis pa sa alas kwatro, ura-urada, lumabas na kaagad si Gloria sa VMMC. Indeed, no signs at all that her life was anywhere in danger. You must be a bunch of liars!

    Well, I guess her condition may not be healed by science. I suppose her condition is not medical. It is spiritual. For, Gloria made good ev-il during her reign, as much as she made ev-l taste very, very good. The Bible in the Book of Isaiah condemns those who do exactly that. What Arroyo has been suffering from is a clear consequence of all her sins. It’s a curse that will not depart her, unless, she calls on to God sincerely, REPENT  from all her sins, and ask God to forgive her. Specifically, she MUST ask God to forgive her for these sins, among others: 1) That she lied, brazenly, before CNN in 2000 when she claimed that her deserting Erap Estrada was a result of her conversation with the Pope John Paul II, which did not happen; 2) That she lied in December 2002 before Jose Rizal’s grave by pledging not to run in 2004 but ran just the same; 3) By using all the resources of government i.e. GSIS, Philhealth, PCSO, DPWH, DSWD, etc, to bankroll her candidacy in 2004 against all sense of basic decency, never mind honesty and fair game; 4) that she called Virgillo Garcillano to pad her votes in 2005 against Fernando Poe Jr., 5) That she rewarded all scoundrels and scalawags in her administration for doing all her bidding; 6) For all the mind-boggling corruption in her administration most which involved her husband Mike Arroyo; 7) For influencing the House of Representatives and the Supreme in splitting Camarines Sur into two districts to accommodate her son Dato, even if he is not from there…. ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

    Finally, that Gloria Arroyo address the nation in live TV broadcast begging for the nation’s forgiveness. Only then can Gloria be free from her sins. Only then can she blot out the prospect of her following in the grave of her brother in law Iggy. Only then can Mike Arroyo be healed of his illnesses too. Only then will Gloria have real peace, genuine peace. Because the real, genuine God–not the god that she prays to now, will hear her. And set her free.

  • wewenex

    High risk nalang kasi nakapagpyensa ng binayarang judge nanaman. Pero kung maresto ulit, life threatening nanaman back to her refuge – the hospital.

  • pj2003

    I think this is God’s way to reveal the real health condition of GMA aka Little Girl so that in time she will be arrested for the plunder cases against her with strong evidences, she cannot make her life threatening condition as an alibi to avoid detention in a normal jail… God is great indeed.  

    • calipso_2100

      May tama ka.

  • wakats

    May magaling palang albularyo sa Tagaytay -sino yon -si MMDA Tolentino?

    Alternative medicine is an insult to the our high-priced doctors, or an excuse again to justify a treatment abroad – and evade another trip to VMMC or to city jail.

    Bakit wala sa mga pics si Mike? Nag-away ba sila noong nasa hospital si glo sa loob ng walong buwan? 

  • Martin

    Saan ba talaga nahuhuli ang isda kung hindi sa bibig.  Lumabas din ang katotohanan na hindi pala life threatening ang sakit ni Pandak eh di nagsayang lang tayo ng pera sa paglalagay sa kanya sa VMMC.


    Mrs. Horn, noon nasa LTFRB k dumami ang pekeng Prangkisa, ng mapunta ka sa MARINA maraming naging sakuna. Dapat tanggapin mo at ng amo mong si Gloria na sadya kayong isinumpa…ni Lord..Try nyo kay Satanas tumawag…malakas kayo sigurado sa kanya. 

    • Dyndin

      Wow, wala kang karapatan magsalita ng ganyan, parang pinalalabas mo na ikaw ay isang satanas. 

  • Vernon UK London

    At least they are now honest. 

  • Dyndin

    Hindi life threatening yoong pag kumakain siya eh may tendency na ma choke siya at baka hindi na huminga, eh hindi nga makakain, kaya pumayat.

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    Dra. Horn, saan po ba kayo nag-aral ng medicine… ang alam ko po dati nasa LTFRB kayo at nalipat sa DOTC.. 

  • Francis81

    At least ang physical na sakit may alternative treatment.  Si Pweenoy pag kinasuhan pagkatapos ng termino niya (kung matatapos man) mag ffile lang ng mental disorder bilang excuse.  Yan walang alternative treatment yan. 

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