WORLD Philippine defense secretary faints at independence ceremony, now "in stable condition"

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Philippine defense secretary faints at independence ceremony, now "in stable condition"

China Daily

15:52, June 12, 2022

Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana. (Photo: VCG)

MANILA - Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana fainted during an Independence Day ceremony on Sunday morning, while the Department of National Defense said he is "in stable condition."

"I am fine now. Just resting since the results of the tests conducted earlier are okay," Lorenzana, 73, posted on his Facebook account.

"The fatigue from recent successive international security engagements may have taken its toll on me. The temperature was scorching this morning," Lorenzana added.

Defense Spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said Lorenzana "is currently in stable condition and has been advised to rest after fainting during the Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Rizal Park this morning."

Lorenzana arrived from Singapore early on Sunday morning after attending the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue and meeting with his foreign counterparts. He went straight to the ceremony after landing in Manila.

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