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Noynoy late for CBCP-sponsored Mass, blames traffic, upset stomach 07/08/2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Noynoy late for CBCP-sponsored Mass, blames traffic, upset stomach

President Aquino was late for more than an hour at yesterday’s Red Mass sponsored by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that was officiated by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales which was held at the Manila Cathedral.

Aquino explained that his failure to make it on the 9 a.m. Mass on time was caused by a troubled stomach he had to endure yesterday morning not to mention the stressful Tuesday aggravated by two consecutive power interruptions at dawn in his area.

The schedule of the Mass was adjusted to 9:30 to give him a grace period out of courtesy but, just the same, the Church leaders and the other public officials who were already at the venue started the Mass without him.

Aquino apparently left his Times Street residence 40 minutes past 9 a.m. and he arrived at the venue a little over 10 a.m. or just when Archbishop Rosales was about to finish his homily.

“The main reason was I had a bit of an upset stomach. It took me awhile to deal with it, I think it lasted for 20 minutes before I could leave my house,” he said.

He conveyed that power interruptions certainly did not help him prepare for his Wednesday schedule because it made him oversleep and that unpleasant experience prodded him to call the attention of his Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras to address the issue on rotating brownouts.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

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