PGMA's Iloilo visit canceled
The supposed visit of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to Iloilo City to attend several engagements on Monday, April 16, has been called off.
Personnel from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) yesterday called media outlets informing of the cancellation of the presidential visit.
No reason for the cancellation was obtained but media people surmised it is related with the hospitalization of First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.
Arroyo's husband is currently recuperating at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Manila after undergoing aneurysmectomy and triple bypass operation.
It was not immediately known from the PIA if Pres. Arroyo will arrive on a later date.
The President is supposed to grace the opening of the new Iloilo airport of international standard in Sta. Barbara-Cabatuan on April 16, 2007.
She was also expected to attend the opening ceremonies of the National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Games which will be hosted by the city.
Mr. Arroyo's doctors held a press briefing yesterday morning to give an update on the condition of the presidential spouse after reports surfaced that he has been given a 50-50 chance of survival by his physicians.
President Arroyo stayed at the hospital since the confinement of her husband early this week.
The president's scheduled visit to China to attend a business conference from April 20 to 25 may also be affected.
Malacañang officials could not yet say whether the president will go on with the trip but they said the decision will still have to depend on the condition of the first gentleman.