AGAINST the advice of his physicians, President Benigno Aquino 3rd has refused to have a weeklong rest and instead would take a three-day break beginning Friday, Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said.
Valte, in a press briefing also on Friday, said a long rest “is a luxury that the President does not have.”
“So, he will be okay with three days,” she said.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona has insisted that Aquino take at least a week of rest every quarter.
“That advice has always been given by Secretary Ona. From what I understand, from a long time ago from our discussions, he’s always been saying that it would be ideal,” Valte said.
While on leave, the President will still take calls and receive updates on the exodus of people to the provinces during the holiday break.
“Knowing the President, he will take advantage of the fact that he has some peace and quiet but he will still take calls, of course. He will insist on continuing to get updates, especially after the break. We’re expecting the exodus for the New Year weekend beginning later this afternoon and another on January 1, beginning in the morning. So knowing the President, he will insist on continuing to get updates,” she added.
Besides Ona, President Aquino has another physician looking after him, which Valte decline to identify.
Aquino’s break will end on Sunday, after which he will resume his duties for Rizal Day.
Normally, the President takes his break at the Mansion House in Baguio City, during which he usually gets medical check-up.