Davao Del Sur town mayor faints during speech

Paul Palacio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 16 2018 10:45 AM | Updated as of Oct 16 2018 11:28 AM

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SANTA CRUZ, Davao del Sur - Mayor Alexis Dodong Almendras of this town fainted while giving a speech at the municipal hall on Monday afternoon. 

Almendras had talked about his grievances over the allegations of corruption against him and his decision to break away from political allies. 

He also shared that he will run for vice mayor in next year's elections alongside former mayor Joel Lopez. 

The mayor, however, suddenly paused mid-speech, swayed to the side and crumpled to the ground, prompting screams from onlookers, as shown in a video shared to ABS-CBN News by Nono Sumatra. 

Almendras was rushed to the Davao Doctors Hospital. His aides have yet to give an update on his condition. 

He was supposed to file his certificate of candidacy after Monday's speech.