MANILA - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor Espenilla on Tuesday said he has decided to extend his medical leave for two more weeks to give his recovery "the best chance possible."
The central bank's chief announced his leave of absence last Sept. 18, days before the Monetary Policy meeting on September 27. He was supposed return to work on Wednesday, October 3.
"I've decided to extend my medical leave for another two weeks. My treatment is progressing very well. But I've got to give it the best chance possible. A central banker is a natural conservative," Gov. Espenilla said in a separate statement.
Espenilla was diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer in November 2017 and had successfully undergone treatment this year, BSP Officer-in-Charge Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said in a statement.
Espenilla, in an exclusive interview with ANC's The Boss last August, said he was expecting full recovery from cancer.
"But with God's grace, I've been able to recover and the recovery continues. I look forward to a full recovery down the road," Espenilla told ANC's The Boss.
Espenilla thanked everyone "for not being naughty" during his absence and for the prayers and kind wishes.
Deputy Governors Diwa Guinigundo and Maria Almasara Cyd Tuaño-Amador will take turns as the central bank's officer-in-charge, Fonacier said.