An interview with Dr. Raul B. Guanzon, the cosmetic surgeon who performed the biopsy on Gloria Arroyo, reveals the real reason why the Palace lied about the biopsy.
Gloria Arroyo was placed under general anesthesia.
“We put her to sleep because, if it’s local, it may be painful, so it’s better to put her into sleep because we can get the tissue without discomfort to the President. Immediately after, she was awake.”
Guanzon said six doctors and several nurses were present at the biopsy – Guanzon, Arroyo’s gynecologist, a cardiologist, and three anesthesiologists.
Now here’s what Philippine Star columnist Marichu Villanueva, an Arroyo loyalist, wrote:
I distinctly recall the time that former President Fidel V. Ramos underwent a life-threatening carotid surgery when he suffered a near-fatal stroke at the Palace on Dec. 23, 1996. The late Presidential Security Group Gen. Jose Calimlim immediately notified then Vice President Joseph Estrada to proceed to Makati Medical Center before Mr. Ramos was put to sleep under major anesthesia. As constitutional successor, the Vice President was quietly alerted and was required to be physically present at the hospital for whatever the results would be. Fortunately, the surgery was a success and everything went back to normal. But credits go to the late PSG chief who made sure the constitutional requirements were followed.
So Noli had to be at the hospital just in case something went wrong. But Noli was not there. Although the two Mike’s were there.
Why was Noli not informed?