A tired President? His Health Secretary is concerned about his Health.
Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona expressed his concerns on the health of President Benigno “Pnoy” Aquino. It was noticeable that Pnoy was not able to attend some important engagements like meeting a top official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and falling ill during his trip to Australia. Surely, the good doctor has a lot of things to be concerned about – the debonair President has recently been busy. Busy with a lot of things that are very stressful. Now, Dr. Ona can suggest lots to make the President in tip top condition but then there is one test and proven formula: cut the stress.
And here are some suggestions on how he can do it:
First, the obvious one – cut on smoking. Smoking is not only bad for the health, a smoking president is not doing good on the government’s anti-smoking campaign.
Second, severe ties with pasaway (trouble some) cabinet members like Presidential Adviser Ronald Llamas and former Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) undersecretary Rico Puno. Llamas’ 2 episodes of disgrace -being caught red handed buying pirated DVDs and owning up to an AK-47 in his car – must have stressed the President if not shamed him. On the other hand, Puno with his supposed ties with jueteng lords could have driven President to moved mountains to defend his diversion from the “matuwid na daan” (straight path).
Third, enough political prosecution. All the brain time he must have committed to ensure that (former) Ombudswoman Merceditas Gutierrez, (former) and Chief Justice Renato Corona are removed from their positions has caused lots of stress. As what old men say – lack of forgiveness and the burning desire to exact revenge – make a man unhappy and sickly. Well, Pnoy is maybe having battle fatigue.
Fourth, lack of time for the things he enjoys but are missing now that he is President. As he is buckled down to do Presidential chores, it may be seldom that he is able to find time to drive a sports car along the Tarlac-NLEX highway, go target shooting with his buddies, listen to his favorite music or go shopping with his nephews. Hell, even the pressure not to be seen with a Playstation in public can be so stressful!
Lastly, Pnoy should take a break from the hectic “search and date” routine. From Shalani Soledad to his latest publicized break-up, Korean celebrity Grace Lee, the President seems love shock in his relentless pursuit of the elusive one. He must give his heart a break.