Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes was admitted to the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City on Friday night after she experienced chest pains and difficulty in breathing, media reports said on Saturday.
Reyes, one of the accused in a plunder case stemming from the pork barrel scam, was transferred to the Heart Center from the Taguig Pateros District Hospital in Taguig City, where she had been confined since last Wednesday.
She was briefly detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig where she was transferred from the Sandiganbayan holding cell.
Lawyers of the 51-year-old former chief of staff of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile had objected to her being detained at Camp Bagong Diwa, saying she had to share her cell with captured communist rebels who are “hostile” to Enrile, who was defense minister during the martial law years.
She was taken to the district hospital after she had a panic attack and seizure, police authorities said.
Reyes was too ill to attend her arraignment at the Sandiganbayan on Friday, but in a three-page motion she requested to be confined either at the Heart Center or the Santa Ana Hospital in Manila.
In a medical abstract accompanying the motion, Dr. Anthony Lontoc of the district hospital said Reyes complained of persistent palpitations accompanied by lightheadedness and syncopal attack shortly after she arrived at the hospital.
Lontoc recommended that Reyes “be transferred to a tertiary hospital capable of evaluating her cardiac condition and assess her neurological status.”
On Saturday, demonstrators gathered outside the Heart Center to protest condemned the special treatment for Reyes. On Saturday morning, Enrile, who is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Camp Crame, had another eye check-up at the Asian Eye Institute in Makati City.
The 90-year-old senator had his first check-up last week, shortly after surrendering to the authorities to face the plunder charge.
Charged with him before the Sandiganbayan are fellow senators Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada and Ramon “Bong” Revilla.
A police ambulance brought Enrile to the eye clinic at the upscale Rockwell Plant.
The director of the PNP health service, Chief Supt. Alejandrino Advincula, said the check-up lasted 30 minutes. The senator was brought back to the PNP hospital at around 8 a.m.
Advincula said the PNP hospital does not have an eye specialist or the equipment to treat Enrile’s eye problem, diagnosed earlier as muscular degeneration due to his age and could lead to blindness if not treated properly.
Doctors at the PNP general hospital said Enrile also has an “uncontrolled” hypertension. which makes it risky to have him moved at the custodial center where Estrada and Revilla are detained.
Enrile has filed a petition before the Sandiganbayan seeking for a hospital arrest, the court sent a team from the Philippine General Hospital to evaluate his medical condition.
The team will submit its report to the Sandiganbayan on Monday.
Anthony Vargas and MEDIA REPORTS