To prove to all doubting Thomases that she was really sick, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo showed her scars from several operations done in 2011 to correct a deformation in her neck.
In a television show, Arroyo showed her scars to media to prove that her ailment was real, and it was a life-threatening condition.
“The scars are still there. You even visited me Arnold at the hospital when I had the operation, right?” Arroyo told host Arnold Clavio.
“You even showed to the world the extent of my operation,” she added.
“And you can see the scars, it’s still there,” said Arroyo who turned her back for Clavio to show the scars, adding that the metal placed in her back eases the pain in her neck.
Arroyo underwent operations for cervical spondylosis, an age-related deterioration in the bones of the neck, causing a misalignment in the spine which in turn puts pressure on the nerves that transmit signals to the upper extremities.
A titanium plate was implanted in the part of Arroyo’s neck to realign the deformed spine.
The former president maintained that she will not run for the position of Prime Minister under a federal government.
Arroyo said those who spread that fake news are sowing intrigue.
“If you look at the draft of ConCom [Constitutional Commission], it is parliamentary [form of government], its presidential. So, I have no interest in the position of Prime Minister,” Arroyo said.