MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III is now doing well amid suffering from fever and muscle pains before he took of for Cambodia on Saturday, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.
Asked if the job is already taking its toll on the president, Valte told radio dzRB: “That’s included. Add to that he was affected by flu and [has] runny nose.”
But there is no reason to worry, however, she said, adding they have not yet heard news from their colleagues now in Cambodia that the President’s health is getting worse.
Aquino was been diagnosed with influenza and allergic rhinitis. But despite his doctors' advise, he pushed through with his trip for the 21st ASEAN Summit in Cambodia, which started Sunday morning.
This is "in light of the preparations already made and the importance of the gathering for the formation of a regional consensus to ensure stability and peace in ASEAN,” Malacanang has said.
Valte said a doctor is always with him. “It’s a [standard operating procedure] that a [Presidential Security Group] doctor is always with him,” she said.
Aquino has a full Sunday ahead of him, with bilateral meetings scheduled separately with the prime ministers of Vietnam and India. A retreat session that will tackle maritime security and cooperation will also begin at around 3:45 p.m. (Manila time).
“[The President] should just rest whenever he can to avoid any relapse,” Valte added.
On Friday, Aquino was not able to meet International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde supposedly due to a bum stomach, as he asked Vice President Jejomar Binay instead to meet Lagarde.
Aquino also supposedly suffered from a “bum stomach” in October while attending an official function in Australia.
The President later admitted he has acid reflux.