GMA CO-ACCUSED seeks medical, eye examination

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Benigno Aguas, one of the accused in a plunder case filed against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several others, is asking the Sandiganbayan for a furlough to undergo a medical and eye examination in a hospital. In an Urgent Motion filed this morning before the anti-graft court’s First Division, Aguas said that he is a diabetic and has been diagnosed to be at risk of losing his eyesight even before he was detained. The 67-year-old Aguas is a former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) budget and accounts manager. He is among those charged for the misuse of P366 million during Arroyo’s presidency. Aguas said he went through a physical examination in a medical mission recently conducted by a non-government organization at the Camp Crame Custodial Center where he is detained. Dr. Erwin Erfe, who examined Aguas, wrote in a document attached to the motion that “Patient requires immediate examination by an Ophthalmologist to possibly save his eyesight.” Aguas reportedly lost 30 percent of his eyesight. He assured the court that the furlough he is seeking is purely for the reasons he stated and that he is not going to do anything that will compromise his detention.

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