De Lima favors making public true health condition of ex-President Arroyo

November 26, 2011 12:59 am 

MANILA, Nov. 25 – Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima is in favor of making public the true health condition of former President and now Pampanga (2nd District) Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

De Lima on Friday said that the “doctor-patient privilege” was not absolute, especially so that the condition of the former president can also be considered as a “public interest”.

De Lima said that it was but fitting and proper to divulge the real condition of the former president so much so that it may affect the electoral sabotage case she faces before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112.

The DOJ chief said that there was an existing qualification in the court pertaining to the implementation of the “confidentiality rule” and that is applicable to diseases which may put the patient in public shame such as “gonorrhea or syphilis”.

However, De Lima said, the case of Mrs. Arroyo was different.

Hence, De Lima said that the testimony of her doctors before the court was important in order to determine if it was true that her health condition was “life-threatening”. (PNA)

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