The man in the picture above is an important public official here in the Philippines. Recently, he has been arrested and detained by Senate officials because of his refusal to attend an investigation about alleged misuse of funds. Now, I'm not going to dissect the intricacies of that investigation nor comment on how well the Senators are squeezing truths or lies out of him. What I'm concerned about is his health status.
The picture above was taken inside the Senate clinic by a PDI photographer and appeared only on the printed copy of the newspaper. The detained public official is still detained at the Senate clinic as of this writing, and news reports have described his blood pressure readings as "unstable."
It was 130/90 about 11 p.m. Tuesday [Sept.12] and 140/100 on Wednesday morning [Sept.13], according to the Manila Times account. The INQ7 report said it even shot to 160/100 upon his arrest.
"I know that this man is not physically sick," according to Senator Gordon, the other man in the picture, and the one doing the investigation who has called the detained official delusional and a great actor.
Well, I'm sorry to disappoint Senator Gordon. But I think the man is sick. The unstable blood pressure might already be a hypertensive episode.
Look at the picture carefully. What do you see? I see a polo shirt being stretched to its limits at the abdominal area. Does he have a big tummy? Is he centrally obese? Is there a connection between central obesity and high blood pressure? Quick! Let's see this man's lipid profile and fasting blood sugar levels!
Does he have metabolic syndrome? I bet he does. It will not be a surprise if he's a diagnosed diabetic already.
Get him to a hospital, Senators. Cut him some slack, will you? I know you might think it's a lame excuse if indeed, this man is guilty as you say. But with the kinds of possible diseases he might already have by now, I think justice has already been served.