|Chief negotiator Marvic Leonen and members of the peace panel with President Aquino wearing a wrist brace for his right hand and holding a newspaper. Photo by Gil Nartea/Ryan Lim - Malacañang Photo Bureau
MANILA - President Aquino is experiencing a bad right arm and wrist and has to wear a wrist brace.
Aquino was not able to shake the hands of government peace negotiator Marvic Leonen and members of the government peace panel during their courtesy call at the Palace Monday.
Aquino begged off from the handshake ritual, showing his wrist brace.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President stared to experience the pain “similar to tennis elbow” when has was in the thick of distributing relief goods at the aftermath of the flooding caused by the habagat.
The President had to wear the wrist brace upon the advice of the doctor.
“He is wearing a support for his arm and the wrist because he is experiencing pain similar to tennis elbow. It started from the relief efforts when the pain started. The President endured the pain in the belief that it will go away on its own but it worsened. As a result, he consulted a doctor and the latter recommended the support which allows him to manage the pain an eventually, cure it,” Lacierda said.
During his meeting with Leonen, Aquino was still able to hold a copy though of Leonen’s pasalubong to him: a copy of New Straits Times with the banner headline “KL-brokered deal signed.”
Inside the paper was a photo of Aquino’s public announcement about the framework agreement on Sunday with an accompanying piece, “Najib praises Aquino for commitment to peace.”
In it is a quote from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak: “We’re honored to have facilitated talks that led to an accord.”