What does age tell about a presidential candidate?

ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A candidate's health is now one of the major issues being asked of presidential bets.

Physician Tony Leachon, a cardiologist, told DZMM's "Dos Por Dos" Friday that it is possible to infer one's health without a person presenting medical records.

Leachon said that this can be done by identifying the health risks.

One risk factor to be considered is age. According to the newly appointed PhilHealth director, the average life span of a male Filipino is 70 years old, while female Filipinos have an average life span of 72 years.

"Ang number one, edad ng pasyente. So focus muna tayo sa edad ng pasyente," Leachon explained.

The doctor said that among the presidential candidates, Vice President Jejomar Binay is the oldest at 72. He is followed by tough-talking Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and hard-hitting Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago at 70 years old.

Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Senator Grace Poe are the youngest at 58 and 48 years old, respectively.

According to Leachon, determining the age is important as certain diseases begin to develop as one ages.

Other risk factors to be considered are stress, a patient’s smoking history, and a patient’s potential fat and body problems.

Leachon clarified though that medical certificates are not required before one can run for office. However, he mentioned that many countries are already requiring it as part of their transparency initiative.

For Leachon, it is very important to know the health status of the candidates.

"Ang health kasi nila (candidates) accrues to the health of the nation. Ang health ng kandidato o future leader natin, dun nakasalalay ang magiging health ng ating nation," Leachon said.