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Bong Revilla back behind bars

Former senator facing pork barrel charges returns to Camp Crame after hospitalization

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By Czarina Nicole Ong and MB Online

Former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. is back in his detention cell at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City after being confined at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.

MB FILE—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. (Mark Balmores) | Manila Bulletin

MB FILE—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.
(Mark Balmores) | Manila Bulletin

In a letter addressed to Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz, Sandiganbayan First Division chairperson, Police Supt. Arnel Apud wrote that Revilla left the hospital Saturday, November 12 at about 4:15 p.m., arriving in Camp Crame “with no untoward incident.”

Apud assured the Sandiganbayan that “pertinent standard operating procedures and security measures relative to the transport of person under custody were properly observed.”

Revilla was rushed to the hospital on November 5 after experiencing vomiting, severe headache, erratic blood pressure, and a swollen right hand.

On Tuesday, the Sandiganbayan First Division approved his motion asking the court to allow him to stay at the hospital until Tuesday or Wednesday to “undergo further laboratory tests to investigate his overall health condition.”

But on Wednesday, Revilla’s doctor refused to discharge him because he still had “to undergo biopsy and extend his confinement for further examination and treatment.”

Revilla faces plunder and graft charges for his alleged involvement in the controversial pork barrel scam. He was arrested in 2014.

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