PNoy down with allergies, not cough - Palace
MANILA - Malacañang said President Benigno Aquino III’s sickness was caused by his allergy to pollen, belying a news website report that Aquino was down due to cough.
Aquino was forced to cancel his trip to Cervantes, Ilocos Sur Thursday morning and instead sent his sister, Viel Aquino-Dee, to represent him at the inauguration of the Aluling Bridge.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said his allergy to pollen was triggered during the Philippine National Police anniversary program held last Tuesday in Camp Crame where he was surrounded with flowers.
"He has an adverse reaction when he is exposed to many flowers at close proximity," Valte said in a text message.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Aquino's sickness has nothing to do with Aquino's smoking.
"It has nothing to do with his smoking habit," Lacierda said.
He said that due to Aquino’s allergy, fruits were instead placed at the presidential table during the Eid'l Fitr held Tuesday night.
His condition did not improve and Aquino had to cancel a media interview scheduled Wednesday.
"After the PNP anniversary, his allergy was really bad and so yesterday it was also bad. In fact, we had to cancel a scheduled interview with GMA-7 for the August 21 anniversary because his voice was a bit not well, hoarse. So just to clarify, it's not because of coughing, it's because of the allergy,” Lacierda said.
Aquino-Dee said in Ilocos Sur that the President woke up Thursday with a hoarse voice.
"Humihingi po ako ng paumanhin at ako na lang po ang naging panakip-butas po dito dahil po nagising po ang aking kuya na hindi ho makapagsalita. Wala ho siyang boses so kahit po nakarating po siya dito hindi rin niya ho maipapabahagi sa inyo 'yung kanyang mensahe. Kaya ako na lang po ang maghahatid nito sa inyo," Aquino-Dee said before reading the President's speech.