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The family of former Senate President Ernesto Maceda on Monday clarified earlier statements, saying the veteran lawmaker is in critical condition is alive.
The former senator's son, Ernesto Jr., made the clarification over Radio dzBB. "My father is still receiving medical care... The family expects that we can make an announcement tonight," he said.
He said that his father had been experiencing chest pains in recent weeks and had to undergo surgery.
Earlier Maceda family spokesperson Jimmy Policarpio said that Maceda underwent gall bladder surgery two days ago. He noted that the former senator also underwent heart bypass surgery in 1992.
"Siguro gawa ng masyadong napagod noong eleksyon sapagkat napaka-personal ng pagtakbo ng kanyang anak," Policarpio said in an interview over dzBB. Policarpio asked the public to respect the Maceda family's privacy.
A columnist for the Philippine STAR, Maceda served as Senate president from 1996 to 1998 under the term of former President Fidel Ramos. He was also the secretary of Commerce and Industry (1970 to 1971) and executive secretary (1969 to 1970) under the late President Ferdinand Marcos. He served as Philippine ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2001.