Rico J. Puno On Politics, Recent Health Scare

MANILA, Philippines - The 2013 mid-term elections is just a few months away yet Rico J. Puno still has no concrete political plans.

Puno, who served as Makati City's First District councilor from 1998 until his last term in 2007, said in an interview on "Kris TV" Tuesday morning, "Wala pa masyado. Matagal kasi akong nawala sa TV at saka sa performance, and you know I've been [a] councilor for nine years [kaya] medyo napabayaan ko 'yun eh."

The singer-comedian's last foray into politics was during the 2010 general elections, where he lost the vice mayor position to incumbent Romulo Peña, Jr.

Rather than mull over politics, Puno enjoys spending time with his loved ones.

"Ngayon ine-enjoy ko rin 'yung mga kasama ko. Tama 'yung sinabi mo na kinakailangan may kasama kami... importanteng may kasama ka. And 'yung mga children ko naman, little by little, they are now trying to understand my situation," he told host Kris Aquino.

Meanwhile, the 59-year old singer revealed that he almost had a heart attack last month.

"Noong Aug. 3, may concert kami ni Marco Sison at saka ni Hajji [Alejandro] doon sa Resorts World. After the show, nahilo ako. Nagpo-photo op kami ni Dr. Manny Calayan, medyo parang nahihilo ako. Akala ko nga buntis ako eh," he said in jest.

Results of his check up showed that his blood sugar went up to 367, while his blood pressure was 220/180.

"Sabi n'ung doktor, 'Dapat inatake ka na [sa puso], Rico.' Pero hindi. Siguro ang tigas ko talaga, ahas talaga siguro," he added, laughing.

Because of this, Puno now undergoes a strict 1,500-calorie diet which does not allow him to have certain types of food including sweets.

"Pero plano ko palitan 'yung doktor ko, baka sa ibang doktor iba eh," he quipped.

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