Philippine presidents

Erap turns 84 – and he’s out of ICU

Dwight de Leon

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Former president Joseph Estrada is moved out of the ICU on his birthday, April 19, following a bout with a bacterial lung infection.

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The former president, a COVID-19 survivor, is back in a regular room following his bout with a bacterial lung infection

On Monday, April 19, former Philippine president Joseph “Erap” Estrada marked another birthday in his life with good news: he has been moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU) following his bout with a bacterial lung infection.

His son, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, confirmed to Rappler that his father, now 84 years old, had been transferred to a regular room.

Erap was first moved out of the ICU on April 14 after testing negative for COVID-19, but Jinggoy said on April 16 that his father was transferred back to the ICU due to a bacterial lung infection.

Estrada was rushed to the hospital on March 28 after testing positive for the coronavirus. –

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Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers the House of Representatives and the Commission on Elections for Rappler. Previously, he wrote stories on local government units.