Friday, October 05, 2007

DOJ's Gonzalez Out of Hospital by Next Week

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez will be discharged from the hospital by next week after undergoing a successful kidney transplant operation.

In a phone interview, the 74 year old secretary said he was recuperating very well but would have to undergo physical theraphy for his "wobbly knees."

"My knees are still wobbly maybe because I've been immobilized for quite some time," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez underwent a kidney transplant last September and have since been confined at the National Kidney Institute in Quezon City.

The justice secretary said he may be back at the Department of Justice by November. "Even if I have to use a wheelchair," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez has been President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's staunchiest ally, often taking the cudgels for the beleaguered president; a voice obviously being missed as the Arroyo administration is again criticised for alleged anomalous deals such the cancelled ZTE deal with the Chinese government with the First Gentleman Mike Arroyo rumored to have been involved in the deal.

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