Friday, November 21, 2008

Philippine President's Husband Mike Arroyo Hospitalized

Update as of 3pm, PST: The President's appearance in L.A. is cancelled due to FG's hospital stay, but she will still go to Peru. Picket against her is also pushing through, per organizer.

First Gentleman Mike Arroyo is being treated at a Japan hospital at this time. On board the plane en route to Los Angeles, he suffered a heart attack. His illness is considered non-life threatening but a hospital stay is necessary.

He was with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the incident. Arroyo is scheduled to hold a reception for the Fil-Am community tonight in Los Angeles.

A Philippine Consulate General official confirms that Arroyo will continue with her planned trip to the U.S., a stopover to her Peru trip for an economic summit, albeit at a delayed schedule. She is expected to arrive at the LAX at 4 p.m. PST.

Meanwhile, activist groups ALLIANCE for a JUST and LASTING PEACE in the PHILIPPINES (AJLPP), ANSWER-LA and GABNET are planning to picket tonight's event.

I will be reporting on this tonight for Balitang America and for FilipinOnline.

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