Detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, who is facing plunder charges, was rushed to Makati Medical Center (MMC) early Thursday morning due to pneumonia and cough with blood, Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
Chief Insp. Dudes Raymond Santos, spokesperson of PNP Health Center, said that Enrile was taken to MMC around 3 a.m. to have more tests due to coughing with blood.
Santos said Enrile has pneumonia to be taken care of in a better-equiped hospital, given unpredictability of the senator’s health.
For his part, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, head of PNP-Public Information Office (PIO), said that the Sandiganbayan has a standing resolution allowing Sen. Enrile to transfer to another hospital in case of emergency.
Cerbo said Enrile was rushed from PNP General Hospital to MMC because of suspected pneumonia, and has not responding to medication.
He added Enrile was properly escorted by CIDG.
He also said he will wait for the recommendations of the attending physicians of Enrile to return him at Camp Crame hospital.
The 90-year-old Senator is suffering from irregular heartbeat, hypertension, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and age-related macular degeneration which may lead to blindness.
He is one of the accused in the pork barrel scam allegedly orchestrated by Janet Lim-Napoles.
His fellow co-accused senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla are detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame. PNA