What’s Maceda’s secret?



Former senator Ernesto Maceda. FILE PHOTO

AGOO, La Union—The oldest candidate in the May 13 senatorial election said he has managed to keep up with the grueling campaign—thanks to modern stem cell therapy.

So far, 78-year-old former Senate President Ernesto Maceda claimed he had not gone sick despite a tough campaign schedule that required him to jump from one province to another. He credited this to stem cell therapy, he got for P600,000 at a medical facility in Frankfurt, Germany, in March last year.

“I am now convinced that my stem cell therapy is effective and that’s the reason why I’ve been able to keep up with the rigorous campaign schedule,” he told reporters before climbing the campaign stage at the Eriguel compound.

Maceda said the therapy was relatively cheap, noting that it would have cost him around P2.5 million if he had it in the Philippines. “And it was worth it,” he said.

20 years younger

“I feel 20 years younger,” he said.

Maceda joined a growing list of aging politicians who say they have resorted to stem cell therapy. They include Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, 89, and former President Joseph Estrada, who celebrated his 76th birthday on Friday.

Responding to a question by a TV reporter, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he “does not need it yet.”

The UNA campaign schedule is no walk in the park.

Candidates went around Pangasinan for two days, seeking support from the province’s 1.5 milliom registered voters.

They proceeded to La Union on Friday and were scheduled to campaign in Ilocos Sur on Saturday and Ilocos Norte on Sunday.

After a brief break, they will fly to Zamboanga City on Monday then barnstorm Dumaguete City on Wednesday.

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  • Guest

    His secret–young boys.

    • padrefaura

      that is not a secret

  • akongednamzug

    Mga kababayan, huwag niyo nang naisin sumailalim ng stem cell theraphy, Parang lumiwanag na sa akin ang masamang side effect ng stem cell theraphy matapos sabihin ni Maceda na sumailalim din pala siya sa stem cell theraphy. Ang masamang epekto sa isang tao, ay magiging MANDARAMBONG ang sinumam sumailalim nito.

  • Hellomr

    Your time is up you better find something easy to do for you, give way to a new young generation a chance to serve the country. This nation can be great again with a genius younger generation once again….

  • dandankid

    Wala na bang iba ?

  • pepito gwaps

    ibig sabihin pampahaba rin ng buhay yon?? lol


      viagra o cialis?

  • divictes

    Naahh, no secret… common knowledge. Even my unschooled granny knows it (bless her soul), it has something to do with grass in his genes, the masamang damo variety.

  • speedstream2

    We live or die by the grace of God. Besides, no one lives forever.

  • akoombulator

    his secret? kokuryu cosmetics!!!

  • nes911

    Kaya pala silang 3 nila erap at enrile malala ang topak. Stem cells ng tupa(K) ang isinaksak sa kanila.


    EXPOSURE to corruption at an early age. :)

  • kaddy

    If only to give Manong Ernie more opportunity to employ cell therapy to prolong his earthly life, lets vote for him back to the Senate. Never mind the nation, it can wait, but Manong Ernie cannot. He deserves your votes and go for his next cell therapy session.

    • indiosbravos2002


  • indiosbravos2002

    Baka tamod ng young boys kako… kaya nga iniwan to ng asawa nya kasi nahulg nanlalalaki. Magladlad ka na Manang Ernie, gayahin mo na si Bb gandanghari. Lol.

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