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Palace says Aquino’s job taking toll on his health

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. AP

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III’s job is demanding and maybe taking its toll on his health, Malacañang said Sunday.

The President skipped a meeting with visiting International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde Friday morning due to a bad flu and cold. He, however, flew to Cambodia Saturday night to attend the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

“Perhaps that’s part of it,’’ Undersecretary Abigail Valte said on whether the demands of his job were taking their toll on his health. “And of course, the President has allergies, and is hit hard by cold and flu.’’

Aquino is human after all, and the like the rest of the Filipino, gets sick too, Valte said.

“Many people are asking about the President. It’s nothing major, as I said [Saturday]. We get sick every now and then, and President Aquino is no different from us,’’ she said in an interview over government-run dzRB.

Valte had earlier said the 52-year-old President had flu and allergic rhinitis, an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, which he might have caught when he flew to Occidental Mindoro and chilly Tagaytay City last Thursday.

Despite his condition, the President attended the Asean summit opening and subsequent plenary sessions, as well as sat down with heads of states for bilateral meetings on the sidelines in Phnom Penh Sunday, Valte said.

“We didn’t hear anything from Cambodia that the President’s condition is getting worse. So far, our assumption here is he’s feeling better,’’ she said.

But as in any foreign trips, Aquino is accompanied by a doctor from the Presidential Security Group.

On Day One of the summit Sunday, the President had a heavy schedule. After the opening ceremonies, he met with Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and then attended the plenary session tackling Asean community-building, Valte said.

In the afternoon, he was scheduled to attend the signing ceremony of the Asean Human Rights Declaration, Asean Leaders’ Meeting with the Asean Business Advisory Council, and Asean Retreat Meeting. In the evening, he was set to meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, she said.

“The President is OK,’’ Valte said.

On Friday morning, the President failed to receive Lagarde in Malacañang. The IMF chief was instead diverted to the Coconut Palace where she was received by Vice President Jejomar Binay Jr. She later showed up at the New Executive Building in Malacañang to brief reporters on IMF’s outlook on Philippine economy.

The next day, the President managed to interview the nominees for Supreme Court associate justice, except for chief government negotiator Marvic Leonen who is now in Malaysia for the resumption of talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

While on a state visit to Australia late last month, the President cut short a dinner with Prime Minister Julia Gillard after becoming ill. The reason for the illness was not known.

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  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    Occupational hazard.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Serves Noynoy right. Comeuppance strikes when you least expect it. Noynoy lost control of himself down under and soiled his pants after poking fun at persons with disability. Noynoy is now losing control of his dripping mucous after mocking the pyramid scam victims for being victims and adding insult to injury. Noynoy is also losing what little remains of his mental health after fabricating the Malampaya Gas scam against GMA, which is clearly a case plucked out of thin air. But somebody up there is always watching and keeping score. Justice in this world may not always prevail, but karma has a way of coming home to roost. There are no two ways about it. Not even that short plump lady with fat limbs who speaks on behalf of the palace can alter the fate that befalls ugly bald liars who make ugly bald-faced lies. At 52, it is not too late for Noynoy to take this lesson to heart before karma or cancer consumes him.

    • Pitbulldog

      In short – kina-karma na ang Ogag. 

      • EdgarEdgar


    • Malik62

       When the gods want to destroy someone they first make him mad.

  • OFWs – symptom of sick economy

    Times we can get too harsh on people that we forget that humans are not invincible.

    The President leads our country and he needs our support.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      Maybe, but first, he has to STOP SMOKING. He is setting BAD EXAMPLE to our youths. 

      • OFWs – symptom of sick economy


  • $23257130

    aba e di mag resign ka na kung tatamad tamad ka rin naman. walang gamot sa katamaran. matulog ka na lang sa pansitan. ppppppwwwweeeehhhh kadiri.

    • Pitbulldog

      May point ka.  baka tinatamad lang magtrabaho yan.  Pinapalabas lang na masama ang katawan, he he.  Dapat yan, kaltasin sa suweldo.  Saka na lang niya e claim sa sick leave.

  • Your_King

    Its hard to believe that Aquino’s health issue is being blamed on his job. Someone or something always has to be blamed. What has Aquino been doing that would take a toll on his health? If he’s sick coz he got sick then it happens, no big deal. But to say that his sickness is due to his work is stretching it a bit far. They are trying to make something out of nothing here.

    • Mamang Pulis

      eh saluhin ba naman ang lahat ng negatibong  komento dito sa forum at sa mga hindi maka dilaw na mga dyaryo—meron pang internal strife sa gabinete, mga ulupong na akala mo bulate yun pala lintik ang kamandag….yosi boy pa.

      • Your_King

        No one ever claimed that Aquino was the smartest President the Philippines has seen. There’s a reason for that.

    • disqusted0fu

       As a concerned boss, i suggest that he resigns immediately and make some time for healing.

      • Your_King

        He won’t resign. The job is too good. To think, he hasn’t accomplished anything significant in 3 years and remains popular. He can attack anyone he wants at anytime plus he can oversee his families’ land at Luisita worth billions…awesome job indeed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SHJZR76LIZ3P6EC3DHL5RKXKAU Sargo

    Eh ang sarap sarap nga ng buhay mo eh pakuyakuyakoy lang, nood ng concert, pasyal sa mall, punta sa ibang bansa yun lang naman ang trabaho na ginagawa pano mag tatake ng toll sa health yun? paki eksplika nga! sige nga gawin mo ang trabaho ng mga OFW tignan natin. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HLF46XBMBEGQOUZLZM5LCJO24 Shynon

      Ahahaha.. galing mo talga!!!  mag kargador ka kaya Sargo…. para malaman mo sagot sa tanong mo ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SHJZR76LIZ3P6EC3DHL5RKXKAU Sargo

    gusto mo eh magpalit na lang tayo ng trabaho? gusto mo?

  • wakats

    PNoy’s fragile health is not due to his demanding job as president but most likely due to his chimney-like smoking habit that’s taking its toll on his lungs.

    I’m afraid he won’t finish his term if he continues his hazardous habit… 

    • Guest

      Is two packs a day really that hard to quit?

    • boymanok

      si Pnoy magaling mag-criticize ng iba pero siya mismo walang disiplina sa sarili niya…yung wheelchair joke mukhang bumabalik na sa kanya

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    This is another Malacanang SPIN to DIVERT the real cause of the President’s illness: THAT OF HIS BAD CHAIN-SMOKING HABIT….

    Carandang and his Malacanang Comm Group must be having a hard time glamorizing and spinning real issues.

    • Guest

      Well, for cracking distasteful jokes, Mr. Prez is fair game.

      Cigarette jokes anyone?

    • Malik62

       Believe it or not Carandang does not smoke all his life.  But when he started working in Malacañang he started to smoke just be “IN”!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

        Maybe Carandang doesn’t want to become victim of passive smoking and he believes on the saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”…..hehe

        But yes, his spinning job is tough….

  • Mamang Pulis

    Mang Simeon, quit smoking NOW. Don’t give satisfaction to your enemies, [especially your cabalen]….yan napapla mo sa wheelchair jokes mo!

  • truth_will_set_us_free


  • Pitbulldog

    Ganoon ba yon?  Taking toll on his health daw.  Meaning P-noy was overworked?  Paano, di mapakali ang behind nyan sa kata-travel aabrod.  Buti sana kung sa Ilog Pasig lang na boat ride yan.

  • miguel29y

    No amount of propaganda can mask the truth about Noynoy’s laziness.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7HLF46XBMBEGQOUZLZM5LCJO24 Shynon

      Magsama kayong dalawa..

    • Guest

      In fairness to him, the president’s health is a matter of national security. Tama lang siguro they kept it from the public. I hope, knock on wood, if it ever comes to that, the transition will be smooth.

      • Francis81

         Si Pweenoy may cancer si Binay may lupus, sino ang papalit?

    • kismaytami


  • mekeni62

    karma is taking its toll. Not long will there be a pronouncement from Malacanang just how sick he really is. The symptoms are there. Tennis elbow (joint pains),hair loss and fatigue are just some of them. Of course Malacanang will hide it for a while….only until it gets worse. Our dear president is not as healthy as we think he is.

    • Guest

      I didn’t know it was that bad. Hope he gets well soon. At this point, I guess all we can do is pray for him.

      • Malik62

         No amount of prayers will help BS Amalayer X3.  He does not believe in God. He is a Communist!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

        Agree. But the healing could even be made faster if it begins from his own inner self. I think the president has too much anger, vindictive and he is living an unhealthy lifestyle.

    • disqusted0fu

       im not really concerned with his physical health, they could just be exaggerating it. what i want to know is how healthy and fit he is mentally because something seems to be wrong.

      • mekeni62

        that’s another side of the story….we all know it was all wrong from the start. he he.

    • Malik62

       BS Amalayer X3 is terribly sick mentally and physically

  • boymanok

    kayang kaya mo yan Pnoy…sige yosi ka pa

  • Guest

    Get well soon Mr. Prez.

    Have yourself checked comprehensively when you return home.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      comprehensively, meaning, including the brain cells? hehe joke la’ang…..

  • boymanok

    kung anong gandang lalake ni ninoy aquino siya namang sama ng itsura nung anak

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KAXOC6JNVEOMBLSWZIXVKGL4SA Jon

    Hoi mga walang pinag.aralan, mga hindi marunong magbasa, mag appreciate ng ginagawa ng tao para sa mga katulad nyo. Ang sabi jan: trabaho nya ang demanding, hindi ang presidente…. mga walang kwenta kayo, bakit kayo pinagsisilbihan ng mabuting presidente. Si gloria nga araw2x pumapasok, 9 years namuno…ANO NAGAWA NYA? Eh nabulgar kapalpakan nya, ayan nag suot ng bone collar tapos nakita pa ng media na inalis tapos ibinalik ng suot YAKS!… Si Marcos, 20years namuno.. araw2x pumasok, ANO NANGYARI SA KAHANGALAN NYA? wag na kayo mangumpara mga walang pinag.aralan, puro pointless Criticism mga comment… 

    Hangga’t mga katulad nyo andito sa Pilipinas mahina uunlad ang bansa. 

    Kung makapang husga kayo sa Presidente ang gagaling nyo, Ne wala nga kayong itinulong… Karamihan pa sa inyo walang trabaho, tamad… Zzzzzzzzzzz mahiya na kayo sa sarili nyo. 


    Pag magaling ang presidente mahina ang pangangatawan, it’s time for change… Mr. President take care of your health please.


    • Pitbulldog

      Bakit, may nagawa na bang matino talaga si P-noy?  Parang wala akong alam.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYYFBINDMTZHM6TDHPB667452M agustin

       Jon , pabor ka ba sa kanyang pag nonoying sa FOI bill at anti dynasty issue ?

    • Francis81

      “Pag magaling ang presidente mahina ang pangangatawan”  si GMA ba ang tinutukoy mo?

  • disqusted0fu

    Miss Valte, we’ve known all along that he is human. there are no questions about that. if you make that much mistakes in life, you have got to be human. maybe even a below average human.

    anyway, yes, i guess attacking your predecessor and a lot of your enemies, does take its toll on you. i assume this is the job that Valte was talking about because this is the most apparent.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/Q63DUTCNJJKCYNURT4A4C6QZJM marco

    matagal pa ba? kailan kaya?

  • imjerome

    its the SMOKING (bad) HABIT, Idiot! since he is our president, should we follow him being our role model? huh ms Valte? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon


  • mekeni62

    overworked? NO WAY!! over-complacent YES!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    if that`s the case…China is winning in the battle against the Filipinos…learn to delegate. Learn to federalize so responsibilities will be distributed to others, taking all even petty problems such as GMA is really going to take its toll in your head and your health…..

    • Malik62

       BS Amalayer X3 is sick in the head long time ago!

  • TuwadNaDaan


    • Francis81

       Hindi wheelchair ang sasakyan ni Pweenoy kundi yellow stretcher with matching yellow straightjacket.

  • TuwadNaDaan


  • Malik62

    It’s his nocturnal  activities that are taking toll on his health! For heaven’s sake stop fooling the people, BS Amalayer X3 does not work at all!

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Hoy taba valte, paki sabi naman kay Pnoy bilis-bilisan na. Mamamatay lang siya ang dami pang arte. Gustong-gusto na namin si Mar ang maupo. Ang dami niyang plano para sa ating bayan. Inagawan na nga siya ni Pnoy ng pwesto noong 2010. Napapanahon na para mamayapa si Pnoy ng makaupo na si Mar. At yang negritong pandak na Binay, pabalikin sa bundok o ihulog sa bulkan.

  • TuwadNaDaan


  • Francis81

    Prostate cancer ang sakit ni Pweenoy dala ng ilang beses tinamaan ng STD nuon at ngayon!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

      kakapunta ba sa maalikaya yon malapit sa times st.?

  • Meg Severino

    sir sa sobrang sipag nyo sa trabaho nagkakasakit na kayo. R & R naman paminsan-minsan. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

      nagkasakit na nga sa kaka R&R eh……yosi pa jan…..

      • Meg Severino

        lol, kabaligtaran pala.

  • My mom

    STOP smoking. STOP sin tax.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KUDDCTRYZ2YSPBGEGCJZBAACIU Dong

    magkakasakit  ka talaga sa dami problema iniwan ng familia gloria, kaibigan magnanakaw at mamatay tao katulad nagtatago na dating gobernor at mayor, at mga tao humihinggi na pabor para kumita sila uli.

    • kismaytami

      You forgot his own cabinet members.

  • jawaini

    everybody get sick …so what’s the big deal kung si pnoy magkasakit????sa work???don’t think so…

  • $26606290

    tulog, tubig, tamang pagkain, sapat na ehersisyo…..alam mo na yan.
    baka nakakalimutan mong mananagot ka rin sa boss mo kung di mo alagaan ang iyong kalusugan.

    …..tama nayang PS3.

  • boybakal

    Smoking…COPD to cancer of the lungs.
    With the symptoms of Pnoy flu, ubo for sure delikado.
    Just like my office mate, smoking, ubo flu, shortened of breath.
    Went to the hospital, terminal 4. After two months RIP.
    That’s a fact.

  • boybakal

    Palace says Aquino’s “job taking toll on his health”

    It is not job that taking its toll on Aquino.
    He has so many cabinets to do the work, Pnoy is resting president.
    Pnoy is already sick when he got the job because we don’trequire physical exam for election candidates.

    It is his health that taking on him and not the job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000532465679 Donardo Cuago


    He got sick when he was in Australia and he had to leave early from the state dinner thrown by Prime Minister JULIA GILLARD.
    This time, he got sick and had to cancel meeting with IMF Chief CHRISTINE LEGARD.


    • nobadi


  • walangdiyos

    nasobrahan siguro sa pagsupsup ng tigarilyo

  • jadejones2012


    Ang kakapal ng mga mukha ninyo!

    Akala ninyo kung sinong masipag na presidente.

    Mahiya kayo sa sarili ninyo.

    Ang sabihin ninyo, inaanay na ang baga ng chain-smoking addict na presidente!

  • jadejones2012

    Sana mamatay na si NoyNoy sa lung cancer.

    The sooner, the better.

  • jga94

    So many posters here are so disrespectful and uncouth…instead of sticking to logical commentaries, they resort to name-calling, baseless rumor-mongering….I don’t get why people can be so mean.

    I wish the President good health and I also wish he realizes that smoking is not good for him (he can find other ways to de-stress) and muster enough will to stop…

    • jadejones2012

      Why do you wish the president good health when he obviously doesn’t want it?

      Sana mamatay na sa lung cancer si presidente.

      The sooner, the better.

      Para hindi na siya pamarisan ng kabataan.

  • jadejones2012

    Why do you retarded NoyNoy fans wish him good health?

    It’s obvious he doesn’t want it.

    All that we can do now, is pray to God that he will die soon of smoking-related ailments like cancer.

    This will inspire the Filipino youth to avoid smoking and take care of their health.

    Then, NoyNoy will do more in death, what he can’t accomplish in life.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2H52TOW7P7RAWOOXTOLNXEPEZ4 Andy

    Why not resign, if he can’t perform 100% of his work due to his poor health..  the whole country will suffer with it and his sickness is not a good excuse ! Our counrty, due to it’s complex problems must have a strong, energetic leader who are ready 27/7…365 day/year to serve the needs of the people..not a sick and a lazy leader who always complains about his job that it’s making him sick… what a HYPOCHONDRIAC !!

  • Loggnat

    ‘  “We didn’t hear anything from Cambodia that the President’s condition is getting worse. So far, our assumption here is he’s feeling better,’’ she said.’ /// Admitting that you have failed to keep track of your presidents health progress in Cambodia does not sound well from a spokesperson. Better get a better speech writer and proof reader for your news feed to the media. Or answers to interviews before facing the reporters. =))

  • blainz

    Quit smoking PNoy, it’s doing you no good. Your country needs you more than you need cigarettes.

    Minions of GMA showing their demonic side. Not surprised at all. They can’t live with the fact the Philippines is starting to rise out of the previous administration’s dark, corrupt hellhole.

    • nakawan

      agreed. you should quit smoking sir, you won’t regret it. food tastes better, everything smells cleaner, and breathing never felt so good :D

  • boybakal

    Almost every week Pnoy is sick.
    When in tv he keeps on coughing.
    And he cannot attend social function much more banquet among Head of States as he always coughs.
    Pnoy should have an executive check up, lung x ray, blood etc etc.
    Or he should confine in the Hospital or take a vacation to be sure.
    We need a healthy President, and Pnoy seems not healthy but sickly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

    the good news: pnoy said that “he is tired of getting sick”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SRLWUTE6TYKA332DDUG5E2YGUQ Sandiego

    So what if his health is weakening. His father said, the filipino is worth dying for,  so prove it.

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