Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. might ask the Sandiganbayan permission to visit the hospital and have an MRI or magnetic resonance imaging as he experienced migraine, but dismissed the recurring headaches by saying “Malakas ang panday [The blacksmith is strong],” in reference to his action fantasy movie role as a blacksmith.
Last June, as he entered jail, Revilla complained of severe migraine and requested an air cooler.
The migraine attacks have become frequent lately, his wife Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla said, attributing such to the unpredictable weather.
“Probably, we’ll also ask the court to let him have an MRI because it has been a long time since he had an executive check-up,” she told reporters.
The senator, who is facing a P224-million plunder case leveled against him before the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, has been detained in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City for a little more than three months now.
Rep. Revilla said PNP hospital doctors are worried that her husband might have a weak liver because of the constant pain relievers he is taking.
Meanwhile, the senator also told reporters in a separate interview, “I am able to do workouts, muay thai . . . shadow boxing, speedball, it’s just that I experience migraine sometimes but I’m not complaining.”
He is one of three senators charged with plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada requested and was granted permission to have an MRI last Wednesday because of a lingering pain on his left shoulder.
On Monday, Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile’s co-accused and former aide Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes was allowed to have an MRI at the Philippine General Hospital after she was hit by anxiety attack that caused her to hit her head against the wall of her detention cell.
Sen. Revilla will turn 45 today and his wife said her birthday wish for him is for his petition for bail to be granted.
She said they do not have control over the magistrates’ minds but that the family will be praying for a favorable decision.
As a birthday wish, Sen. Revilla sought unity and an end to politicking.
When asked why he thinks he will be granted bail, he replied, “Why? Because I’m not guilty.”
The senator’s wife, meanwhile, said “what is important now is for them to be able to have her husband at home for Christmas.”