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Revilla still in hospital upon doctor’s advice

Physician refuses to discharge him for ‘further examination’

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By Czarina Nicole Ong

Former senator Bong Revilla, who was rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig on Saturday, November 5, remains confined after his doctor refused to discharge him.

Detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. leaves the Sandiganbayan courtroom after the first day of his pre-trial for his plunder and graft charges, May 21, 2015, at Quezon City. He also asked the Sandiganabyan to allow him to participate in the Seante deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and cast his vote on the proposed legislation. He asked his lawyers to file an urgent motion so the court could immediately act on the matter. (Mark Balmores) Manila Bulletin

Detained Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. leaves the Sandiganbayan courtroom after the first day of his pre-trial for his plunder and graft charges, May 21, 2015, at Quezon City. He also asked the Sandiganabyan to allow him to participate in the Seante deliberations on the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and cast his vote on the proposed legislation. He asked his lawyers to file an urgent motion so the court could immediately act on the matter. (Mark Balmores) Manila Bulletin

The Sandiganbayan First Division allowed Revilla to remain in the hospital on Tuesday after he petitioned before the court to allow him to “undergo further laboratory tests to investigate his overall health condition, which will require him to stay at St. Luke’s… untilTuesday or [Wednesday], at the latest.”

But when police came to pick him up at around 1:09 p.m. Wednesday, Dr. Rolando Ochoa, orthopedic surgeon and Revilla’s physician, refused to let him go.

In a letter addressed to Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz, First Division chair, Police Supt. Arnel Apud wrote that Revilla’s doctor wanted the senator “to undergo biopsy and extend his confinement for further examination and treatment.”

Revilla was rushed to the hospital after experiencing vomiting, severe headache, erratic blood pressure, and a swollen right hand.

He has been in detention at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City while facing graft and plunder charges for allegedly misusing his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) disbursements in connection with the pork barrel scam.

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  • yuge

    andami daming preso na may highblood….high cholesterol, diabetes, tb, cancer……PERO NASA KULUNGAN PARIN SILA AT PINAGDUDUSAAN ANG KASALANAN NILA……

  • Harper

    Whats with this shit going to trial for corruption and like Arroyo runs to the hospital.. This is just fake ailments to remain out of jail. They have to put a stop to this foolish tactic. You are making fools of the government