MANILA (Updated 9:29 a.m.) -- Malacañang called on Filipinos Thursday to pray for Philippine Comedy King Dolphy as he remains in critical condition at the Makati Medical Center.
"We enjoin the Filipino people to pray for Rodolfo Quizon Sr., whom the entire nation fondly knows as 'Dolphy.' We are united in our intentions for our revered icon of the Philippine entertainment industry. The President's thoughts are with Mr. Quizon and his loved ones in these trying times," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
Dolphy was rushed to the hospital last June 9 after suffering from pneumonia.
Dolphy's son Ronnie Quizon said Thursday morning his father remains in critical condition. His brother and film director Eric Quizon said Wednesday evening that the comedian was diagnosed five years ago of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which, according to Eric, is a progressive disease, like cancer.
Eric said COPD hinders the flow of air into the lungs, making it difficult for his father to breathe.
He also said in a television interview that his father was able to breathe on his own for six hours Wednesday morning, but they had to attach the respirator back in order for him to continue breathing.
He added that the Comedy King is also struggling from kidney infection caused by recurring bouts of pneumonia.
“The doctors are monitoring his condition,” he said.
Several entertainment personalities visited the Comedy King. Spotted at the Makati Medical Center were Maricel Soriano, Smokey Manaloto, Vhong Navarro, ABS-CBN president and COO Charo Santos-Concio, ABS-CBN entertainment production head Linggit Tan, Edgar Mortiz, Janice de Belen, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, Willie Revillame, among others.
Eric thanked the fans and supporters of his father for their continuous prayers.
On social media sites Twitter and Facebook, prayers continue to pour in for the King of Comedy.