MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday accused his “persistent critics” of spreading “gossip” about his health.
Days after he was rumored to have collapsed in Malacañang, Aquino attended a briefing on the South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4 project in Quezon, where he described reports on his poor health as “make-believe.”
The President also categorically denied rumors that he has a serious illness and he was brought to a hospital’s intensive care unit.
“Sa mga naniniwala nga po dito, may paalala po sa atin ang nakakatanda: Wala tayong napapala sa tsismis. Talaga naman pong para sa mga pursigido nating kritiko, tila sala sa init, sala sa lamig ang aming sitwasyon,” Aquino said in a speech.
Over the weekend, the President’s spokesman, Sec. Edwin Lacierda, also debunking rumors on Aquino’s poor health.
Aquino, whose trust and approval ratings dropped to an all-time low this month, likewise insinuations that his administration was spreading rumors on his health to get the public’s sympathy.
“Pagtitiwalaan po ba natin ang mga katunggali natin sa tuwid na daan gayong umaabot na sa sukdulan at walang pakundangan ang pagnanais nilang magdulot ng agam-agam at kaguluhan, pati sa pag-iisip ng publiko?” the President said.
“Sila po ang gumagawa ng tsismis na wala namang katuturan o basehan upang isulong ang sariling agenda. Sila rin po ang mga nagnanais na makuha ang kapangyarihan at makinabang muli sa baluktot na kalakaran,” he added.
Over the weekend, progressive group Anakbayan released a statement accusing Malacañang of spreading rumors on Aquino’s supposed poor health to “in preparation for hospital arrest as soon as he gets charged for the bloody Mamasapano encounter and other crimes.”
Aquino has been drawing flak for the past weeks over his actions during and in the aftermath of the January Mamasapano operation, which left over 60 people killed including 44 police commandos.
The President likewise assured the public that his administration will continue his reform agenda despite supposed intrigues.
“Alam naman natin may ilan pa ring nagnanais na ibalik ang bansa dinatnan nating sira-sirang sistema. Sinasamantala nila ang bawat oportunidad upang muli tayong magkanya-kanya. Tinitiyak ko naman po sa ating mga boss: gaano man kalakas ang ingay na ginagawa ng mga naghahasik ng negatibismo, mananatili akong tapat sa mandatong ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin,” he said. (MNS)