Press Release
March 24, 2008

Statement of Sen. Aquino and his sisters on their mother's health condition

Our mother had suffered from an episode of high blood pressure and difficulty in breathing followed by fever during the week in between Christmas and New Year. Since that time, we became concerned because of her consistent cough, loss of appetite and noticeable weight loss.

Our mom wanted to know what was wrong with her, and with her family by her side, she submitted herself to a check-up and several tests. The results showed that our mother is suffering cancer of the colon.

Our mother has always believed in being up-front. Over and above anything else, she's a woman who has lived her entire life entrusting everything to the Lord, and she has always been a woman of great faith.

Ang pamilya po namin ay kagaya lamang ng sa inyo. Mahal na mahal namin ang nanay namin at handa kaming magbigay ng suporta, lakas, at pagkalinga sa oras ng kanyang matinding pagsubok.

Alam po namin na ang buhay ng aming pamilya ay bahagi na ng kasaysayan ng ating bayan. Desisyon po ng nanay namin na mag-release kami ng statement, para maunawaan ng lahat ang kanyang kasalukuyang kalagayan. Nakikiusap po kami na sana maintindihan ninyo na kailangan ng aming ina, kagaya ng lahat ng pasyenteng nagpapagaling, ng panahon ng katahimikan.

It's a very difficult time for our family, most especially for our mother. We respectfully ask that she be accorded her privacy.

Our mom remains a believer in the power of prayer. We ask for your compassion and for your prayers for our mother's recovery.

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