ABS-CBN releases statement regarding director Gilbert Perez’s heart attack

Jul 4, 2008
ABS-CBN calls for prayers for the recovery of director Gilbert Perez, who underwent angioplasty for his second heart attack, and appeals to malicious rumormongers to cease and desist.

Last July 1, showbiz denizens were surprised by the news that director Gilbert Perez was stricken by a heart attack while shooting here in the country for an ABS-CBN show. The said TV show titled A Time for Us is a co-production with a Malaysian TV network that stars Jericho Rosales and Malaysian actress Carmen Soo.



Manong Gilbert underwent an angioplasty last July 1. This medical procedure involves widening a narrow coronary artery.

Here is the official statement from the Corporate Communications department of ABS-CBN:

"Gilbert Perez, director of ABS-CBN's upcoming show A Time for Us, suffered a heart attack while shooting a scene for the teleserye. When this happened, Jericho Rosales took the initiative to rush Direk Gilbert to St. Luke's Medical Center while Carmen Soo stayed with the director's family as they watched over him. Jericho and Carmen stayed on throughout the day, never leaving Manong's side, providing whatever support to their beloved director in those crucial moments.

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"Manong Gilbert, as he is fondly called in the TV production industry, has a history of heart disease. This is his second heart attack.

"As Manong Gilbert fights for dear life, malicious rumors are spreading that Jericho and Carmen caused the attack to happen. ABS-CBN appeals to those spreading the unfair information to stop the speculation.

"Manong Gilbert is still in St. Luke's Medical Center, Coronary Care Unit. The Kapamilya network is closely monitoring his condition and requests the public to continue to pray for his speedy recovery."

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ABS-CBN calls for prayers for the recovery of director Gilbert Perez, who underwent angioplasty for his second heart attack, and appeals to malicious rumormongers to cease and desist.
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