PBBM 'fine' after ‘running out of steam’ due to 6-day US trip

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos

November 24, 2023, 11:47 am

<p>President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. <em>(File photo)</em></p>

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. (File photo)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday admitted that he felt exhausted after his recent six-day trip to the United States but is now "fine".

In an interview on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Healthway Cancer Care Hospital (HCCH) at the Arca South Estate in Taguig City, Marcos said there is nothing to worry about his health.

“Basically, [I] just ran out of steam. Hindi pa ako nakapag-recover sa byahe (I have not fully recovered from my recent travel). I suppose I just needed rest. I am fine now. Thank you for your concern,” he said.

Marcos issued the statement, after he skipped the dinner reception for the 31st Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum at the Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace in Manila on Thursday night.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, who graced the event at Malacañan, said Marcos was not feeling well following his three-legged trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles in California and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Marcos’ cousin, House Speaker Martin Romualdez, delivered his keynote speech on his behalf.

Despite his failure to attend the Palace event, Marcos was still able to attend the situation briefings in Catarman, Northern Samar following the widespread floods caused by the effects of the shear line and low pressure area and General Santos City after the recent 6.8 magnitude earthquake.

In his visit to General Santos City, Marcos inspected damaged infrastructures in quake-hit areas and met with local chief executives to evaluate the actions taken by the local government units.

Marcos also had a media interview after the distribution of government assistance to quake victims.

Marcos, in a situation briefing via a virtual conference, directed all concerned agencies to ensure the swift delivery of assistance to those affected in Northern Samar. (PNA)