Ex-Batangas gov Sanchez critical after collapse

Posted at 04/27/2010 12:59 PM | Updated as of 04/27/2010 2:43 PM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - Former Batangas Governor Armando Sanchez slipped into a coma after collapsing during a campaign sortie in Lipa, Batangas, Monday noon.

Dr. Isagani Bolompo, official medical spokesman of the Mary Mediatrix Center in Lipa City, said Sanchez is in critical condition after a rupture of the vessel in the brain led to hematoma.

He said the next 72 hours will be critical for Sanchez because of the low 5-10% survival rate.

After learning about Sanchez's condition, around 20 of his supporters immediately trooped to the hospital to show their support for their candidate. They are praying for his immediate recovery.

The next press conference is expected at 9 pm on Tuesday.

Sanchez was rushed to a hospital in this province on Monday, after collapsing at a campaign sortie in Lipa City, supporters who were present at the campaign said.

Sanchez was brought to the Mary Mediatrix Hospital in Lipa City at around 2 p.m. Monday and was still inside the intensive care unit, as of this posting.

Sanchez, a member of the Nacionalista Party, is running against incumbent Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto of the Liberal Party.

Lawyer Ferdie Topacio, a lawyer of Sanchez, told dzMM on Monday that his client just suffered from heat stroke and was already resting. -- report from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News