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.
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.