“Mahirap talagang i-diagnose ang sakit na hypohiyadism. Kadalasan ang pinakamapapansin na sintomas ay ang pagkapal ng balat sa mukha dahil sa kakulangan ng hiya.”
(Manila) The camp of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced today that the former president is hoping to undergo treatment abroad for the chronic lack of shame she has been suffering for the last decade.
The former president’s plans to travel were announced even as Secretary Leila de Lima of the Department of Justice (DOJ) expressed her intention last week to extend the watch list order preventing Arroyo from leaving the country without the government’s permission
Arroyo has been under treatment at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City for the past few months where she was diagnosed with hypohiyadism or chronic lack of shame.
“Hypohiyadism is a rare condition where the hiya glands in the neck do not produce enough hiya hormones which are responsible for the feeling of shame.” Doctor Ofelia Valdez of St. Luke’s explained to reporters Tuesday morning.
According to Arroyo’s husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, there are no doctors in the country currently capable of treating hypohiyadism. The former first gentleman is also suspected of having the same condition but has never confirmed whether he has been diagnosed with the debilitating disease himself.
Public health experts have long suspected an alarming rise in cases of hypohiyadism in the country over the past few decades but lamented the difficulty in diagnosing the disease.
“Mahirap talagang i-diagnose ang sakit na hypohiyadism. Kadalasan ang pinakamapapansin na sintomas ay ang pagkapal ng balat sa mukha dahil sa kakulangan ng hiya.” Professor Lepoldo Dimacarating of the Philippine National State University of the Philippines’ (PNSUP) Public Health and Animal Psychology Department said.
(“It’s really hard to diagnose hypohiyadism. The most obvious symptom is the notable thickening of facial skin due to lack of shame.”)
A paper published by Dimacarating in 2006 noted that the disease particularly targets politicians and bureaucrats with as much as 90% of those currently in office possibly infected.
Other symptoms of hypohiyadism in politicians include the pathological need to take personal credit for projects paid for by public funds, gross hypocrisy coupled with grandstanding during speeches and the inability to feel shame even while committing the most dishonorable activities.