WHILE keeping watch over her husband, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has set up a temporary office of sorts at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.

Presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo said Saturday that the President had been meeting with and giving instructions to Cabinet officials while staying with First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo.

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“She (Arroyo) has summoned some Cabinet officials although I have no direct knowledge of her instructions to them,” Saludo said over government-run dzRB radio.

The President also calls up officials when she needs to get updates from them or issue instructions to them.

Saludo said the officials Arroyo has summoned from her temporary office so far include Press Secretary Crispulo Icban Jr. and Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza.

Arroyo has been keeping watch over the First Gentleman since he was rushed to the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City last Thursday.

A medical bulletin as of Friday indicated that Mike Arroyo’s condition had improved, but he will still need bedside rehabilitation.

“While his overall condition is remarkably improved, we still have to closely monitor him as he could still encounter some possible complications of this re-dissection of the thoracic aorta,” the bulletin stated.

Meanwhile, Saludo said there is no indication yet whether there will be a Cabinet meeting this coming Tuesday. “There had been some instances she did not call a Cabinet meeting during the Holy Week.” (JMR/Sunnex)