CIVIL Law Dean Alfredo Benipayo is now in stable condition in Iloilo’s Saint Paul’s Hospital, after collapsing before the members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Iloilo Chapter.

In the middle of his lecture last February 22, Benipayo fainted and was immediately rushed to the hospital.

Benipayo is out of the intensive care unit of the hospital but has yet to fully recover.

Two masses were held last February 26 and 27 at the UST Chapel for the speedy recovery of the former court administrator and solicitor-general.

Students and faculty members from Civil Law, the Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, the College of Accountancy, and the Faculty of Pharmacy attended.

In the second Mass, Father De la Rosa said in his homily that the body has its way to cope with the imbalance of people’s lives.

“The body never lies about itself. When we do not take care of ourselves, our body takes its own course, its own vengeance. Sickness is the greatest equalizer because then everyone is in need to be fed, to be attended, and to be loved,” Father De la Rosa said, recalling the words of St. Augustine about putting order in one’s life.

“Peace is the tranquility of order. When you are sick, you are out of order. So have the right sense of priority, the one on top being the most important and those at the bottom, being the lesser ones,” Father Dela Rosa added.

In 2001, Benipayo underwent angiography, a medical technique to take an image of the heart.

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Doctors found out that his heart’s arteries were blocked and narrowing.

Benipayo then underwent angioplasty to clear the obstructed arteries after his appointment as head of the Commission on Elections.

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