Torn ligament in right knee caused LP bet's fall onstage

A torn ligament in her right knee was the reason why Liberal Party senatorial bet and Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel suddenly fell down while speaking onstage at the party's miting de avance at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

A statement from Hontiveros's camp said that as of 9:30 p.m., the LP bet was in St. Luke's Medical Center Quezon City, where she was brought after she fell onstage shortly before 8 p.m.

This page requires a higher version browser Hontiveros had been leading the crowd in chanting "Nobody nobody but Mar" when she turned to point to LP vice presidential candidate Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, who was sitting right behind her. Apparently, the abrupt movement twisted her right knee.

"She couldn’t stand and was in deep pain and was rushed out of the stage on a stretcher," the statement read.

"She wishes to convey to her supporters and friends that she is fine. Doctors have assured that there is no cause for alarm and that she needs time to recover," it said.

Celebrity Kris Aquino, sister of LP standard bearer Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, was among those who quickly rushed to Hontiveros' side.

While others attended to the congresswoman, Kris diverted the attention of the crowd by introducing comedienne Pokwang, who then went invited the candidates to join her in a lively dance number of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."—JV, GMANews.TV

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