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Spokesperson tells doctor: Be responsible in making comments on Pacquiao's health

January 5, 2013 3:57pm

Rep. Manny Pacquiao's spokesperson on Saturday said the doctor who had raised concerns about the boxing icon's developing a Parkinson's disease should be more careful with what he says in public.

“Nirerespeto namin ang opinion ni Dr. [Rustico] Jimenez, but he must be responsible with his statements,” said Rose Tamayo, Rep. Pacquiao's Public Information Officer, in an interview with GMA News Online.

Last Friday, Dr. Rustico Jimenez – an expert neurologist – expressed his concern for Pacquiao, according to a report on news site Forbes.

Jimenez said he seemed to notice Pacquiao's hands to be twitching while on TV reports after his recent fight with longtime Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.

But Tamayo said Jimenez is entitled to his own opinion, but as the president of the private hospitals association of the Philippines he should be more careful with what he says in public.

“It might create a wrong public perception,” Tamayo said, adding that doctors can't do a definitive diagnosis on Pacquiao by just watching a television interview happening miles away.

Also, she said there is “no problem” with the Filipino boxing icon, saying that he had an MRI scan in Las Vegas and another one in the Cardinal Santos hospital in the Philippines immediately after the bout.

But Forbes' report, however, said Dr. Raquel Fortun, a famous forensic pathologist, was skeptical about the results of the MRI scans, and that she would like to dig deeper into the results to make sure Pacquiao is Parkinson's free.

All the buzz about Pacquiao having Parkinson's – a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people – started after he was floored by Marquez in the last second of the sixth round with a right overhand counter punch.

Pacquiao was unconscious for seconds, was staggering when he woke up and during the post-fight interview but managed to exit with his own strength.

He is currently enjoying a vacation with his family and entourage in Israel – the Holy Land – which he longed to go to ever since and will be back in the country on January 14. — LBG, GMA News




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