“I expect to report for work on Monday” – Diokno

Published January 21, 2021, 5:18 PM

by Lee C. Chipongian

Following a minor head injury-related surgery last weekend, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday said he expects to be back in the BSP Malate headquarters by Monday, January 25, after some time off to rest.

“I expect to report for work on Monday and preside over the MB (Monetary Board) meeting on Thursday,” said Diokno.

BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno ( Bloomberg file photo)

He was discharged earlier than was expected from St. Lukes Medical Center last Wednesday. The BSP earlier stated that he could be there for four to five days after his medical procedure.

But Diokno said there are no lingering ill-effects after surgery, and he spent his first night home infront of the television, watching the US presidential inauguration.

“Last night up to early morning, I watched the Biden-Harris proclamation. I thought it was impressive and should be celebrated by the entire free world,” said Diokno. Democrat and former US vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., who beat Donald Trump in the November 2020 elections, is the US’s 46th president. His running mate, California Senator Kamala D. Harris, is the first woman US vice president, and the highest-ranking official of African-American and Asian-American descent.

Diokno, 73 years old this March, assured the public that he is recovering well. “I feel I have fully recovered but my doctor is extra cautious. I can do everything that I use to do before the medical procedure,” he said.

The BSP chief, a former UP professor and a bookworm, said he’s found the opportunity to reread a favored book, “Stress Test” by Timothy Geithner, while recuperating. Geithner under President Obama’s administration, was the US secretary of the treasury, and president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during the Clinton government.

Diokno is the BSP’s fifth governor. He was appointed in March 2019, three weeks after the death of BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. on February 23, 2019, from cancer.

While Diokno’s on medical leave, Deputy Governor Francisco G. Dakila Jr. is assigned as OIC.