MANILA (UPDATE) - Former president Joseph "Erap" Estrada was hospitalized late Sunday and was found positive for COVID-19, his sons said Monday.
Estrada, 83, was taken to the hospital because he was weakening, former senator Jinggoy Estrada said.
"Stable po ang kanyang kundisyon at ako po ay humihingi ng inyong mga panalangin sa kanyang agarang paggaling," Jinggoy said in a statement.
(He's in a stable condition and I ask for your prayers for his immediate recovery.)
In a tweet Monday afternoon, another son, JV Ejercito, said the former chief executive waited overnight at the emergency room because of the hospital's full occupancy.
"My father was rushed yesterday afternoon, but stayed overnight at the emergency room because no room was available," Ejercito, also a former senator, said.
Estrada was admitted only by 11 a.m.
"Ingat talaga! Hospitals having a hard time, almost full occupancy," Ejercito added.
In an interview on Teleradyo, Ejercito said the family hopes to receive more updates on his father's condition within Monday.
"Hopefully tonight, makakuha kami, kasi 'yung latest na naikuwento ko sa inyo, this morning pa. Hopefully, tonight. And I think the doctors are really focusing on the pneumonia," he said.
Ejercito said he is not aware how the former President contracted the virus, but admitted that once in a while, he receives guests.
Estrada, who is turning 84 next month, served as President from 1998 until 2001. He did not finish his six-year term after he was slapped with allegations of corruption.
He was convicted of plunder in 2007 and sentenced to life imprisonment. But his successor, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, pardoned him a month later.
He was Mayor of Manila City from 2013 until 2019.
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