Former Senator Ernesto Maceda, Sr. is in critical condition, his son said on Monday, June 20.
In a live interview on radio dzBB, lawyer Ernesto Maceda, Jr. said that his father was confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City.
Earlier on Monday, designated family spokesperson Jimmy Policarpio said the former legislator passed away at 11:30 a.m.
Maceda Jr. said, however, that his father was still “receiving medical care” and that his doctors have not said anything.
“The family expects we can make an announcement tonight,” said the younger Maceda who did not elaborate.
Addressing the attention given to his father, Maceda said, “Salamat po sa inyong interes sa kalagayan ng aking ama.”
(Thank you for your interest in the condition of my father.)
Maceda Jr. said his father was confined for chest pains.
“For the past few weeks nagkaroon siya ng pain sa dibdib…kinailangan niya mag-undergo ng surgery. Dahil sa surgery [ang] nangyari ay medyo nahirapan siya,” he said.
(For the past few weeks he experienced chest pains… he had to undergo surgery. There were some complications as a result of the surgery.)
The elder Maceda served as Senator from 1971 to 1972, from 1987 to 1992, and from 1992 to 1998. He became Senate President on October 10, 1996 but resigned on January 26, 1998. He also served as the country’s ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2001. Maceda lost in his last two bids to return to the Senate in 2004 and 2013.