A cardiologist testified Thursday that he was shocked by the physical condition of former Philippines president Ferdinand Marcos when he examined him earlier this week at a Honolulu hospital.

"He was unable to complete a sentence without stopping and gasping," Dr. Robert Eliot told a federal judge who will determine if Marcos is physically fit to stand trial on charges he stole millions of dollars from his country.Eliot, who went to Hawaii to give Marcos a stress test, said Marcos was suffering from heart failure and kidney problems.

"To make a long story short, I felt this was a dying man," said Eliot. The comments were made in a hearing before U.S. District Judge John F. Keenan.