House Deputy Minority Leader and ACTS-OFW party-list Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III, who has been under fire over his airport outburst, was hospitalized on Tuesday due to chest pains.
"He is suffering from hypertension and high blood pressure," Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza told reporters.
In jest, Atienza said: "He is in the hospital to have his menstrual period checked."
Reliable sources said Bertiz was admitted at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City after experiencing sleepless nights since last Saturday.
In a phone interview, Bertiz’ chief-of-staff Jun Aguilar confirmed that his boss and a friend for 20 years, who had angioplasty in 2016, was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday. Early this year, Bertiz was also rushed to the hospital due to chest pains.
“He is undergoing a series of test and laboratory tests plus stress test,” he said. “It is nothing serious. Ang advice ng doctor ay magpahinga sya since last weekend, hindi sya nakakatulog. The controversy is taking a toll on him,” Aguilar said.
Bertiz, the House deputy minority leader, was criticized after he was seen in a viral video refusing to remove his shoes during a routine security check at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The clip, uploaded on Facebook page Bitcoin 101, also showed Bertiz flashing what appeared to be an ID on the face of a screener manning the metal detector. He then snatched the security officer's own ID.
Bertiz apologized over the incident but was further criticized after he joked about having menstrual period as an excuse for his bad behavior.