Mayor Rama denies cancer rumor

Posted on November 6, 2012


Saying he can still “run and shoot”, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama again denied rumors that he had cancer.

He told reporters he joined a three-kilometer run a day before his 58th birthday last Oct. 28 and played basketball with friends recently.

Rama waved off talk circulating that he suffered prostate cancer, a rumor that started when an unnamed caller discussed it in the radio blocktime program of Rep. Tomas Osmena of Cebu City’s south district aired daily over radio dyLA hosted by Nanette Garong.

An obviously unamused Rama shot back at his political rival saying: “Ila gi pasa nako. Makatakod na diay ang cancer?” (Is cancer already a contagious disease?).

Rama was referring to Osmeña who battled bladder cancer towards the close of his term as mayor in 2010.

Osmeña said he was given a clean bill of health and declared cancer -free. He is currently in the US for a regular medical check up.

Rama said he is asking the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters Cebu Chapter to investigate the spread of the “prostate cancer” rumor was aired over radio in the program of his opponent.

“That’s a very irresponsible accusation. I am calling on the KBP to look into that,” said Rama./Chief of Reporters Doris C. Bongcac


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