Mike Arroyo goes home, told to lose weight

MANILA, Philippines—Wearing an elastic abdominal brace, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s husband was discharged on Wednesday from St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City with strict instructions from his doctors to lose weight.

Asked why Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo was deemed fit to go home after a two-week confinement for a recurring ailment, his main attending physician, Dr. Juliet Gopez Cervantes, said: “Simply because he improved remarkably.”

The First Gentleman had to wear the brace to stabilize his abdomen and back while traveling from Taguig to Malacañang, Cervantes said.

Speaking on behalf of a team of 20 doctors who attended to Arroyo, Cervantes cited three instances that led them to decide on his discharge.

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