In her hospital photo, is the blood pressure cuff on Kris Aquino’s arm properly applied?

Keen observers have noted that a sensor wrapped around Kris Aquino’s arm in what many described as a publicity photo of her confined in what is supposedly a hospital in Singapore does not meet prescribed usage procedure.

The device appears to be a sphygmomanometer and instructions on the proper use of the cuff used to gather data for its readings are spelt out thus

Place the cuff over the bare upper arm with the artery mark positioned directly over the brachial artery. The bottom edge of the cuff should be positioned approximately one inch (2-3 cm) above the antecubital fold. Wrap the end of the cuff not containing the bladder around the arm snugly and smoothly and engage adhesive strips. To verify a correct fit, check that the Index Line falls between the two Range Lines.

Note: bare upper arm.

The cuff in Aquino’s photo is clearly wrapped around the sleeve of what appears to be her hospital gown. Could this photo be staged? Was Aquino really in a Singapore hospital when this photo was taken?

Questions are only now starting to pour in as more and more Filipinos learn to apply a critical mind to the information they see on the Net.

Leni Robredo reading the book “Digong Dilaw” was a really bad idea

Of all the books Philippine “vice president” Leni Robredo could have chosen to read to kids in a day care facility in this recent publicity stunt, she had to choose Virgilio Almario’s Digong Dilaw.

Digong is, as most Filipinos know, the nickname of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and “Dilaw” is Tagalog for the colour yellow which is a symbol of the leading party of the Opposition, the Liberal Party (a.k.a. the Yellowtards). Whoever thought of this stunt is either plain stupid or is out to sabotage Robredo’s image. They may as well have hung a “please bash me on social media” sign around her neck.

Of course, the idea that Almario’s book actually carries a political message is nonsense. Still, given the environment Robredo treads, this is a publicity gaffe she could ill afford and one that was otherwise preventable.

[Update 07 Nov 2018: The person who organised this event, Ms. Jam Ong, reached out to provide her side of the story and confirms there was no intent to harm any partisan side. Read her full statement here.]