Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. slammed the prosecution for opposing his request that he be allowed to undergo therapy for his painful back.
Revilla, who is detained in the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center on plunder charges, asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to have further medical tests and treatment for his back and feet including physical therapy at least three times a week.
But prosecutors argued that there is no evidence to show that the senator is suffering from a serious ailment.
“Necessarily, there is also no basis to support his contention that without proper medical attention, his condition may aggravate,” they said.
A radiology report stated that Revilla is suffering from osteoarthritis on both feet and knees while a medical certificate issued by Dr. Francisco Agudon 3rd of the PNP General Hospital found him to be suffering from achilles tendinitis and herniated nucleus pulposus lumbar spine.
“Senator Revilla takes exception to plaintiff’s uncalled for comments that his ‘aching back can be experienced at any one time by any other detention prisoner’ and that ‘it is an ordinary occurrence considering that it is one of the common complaints of people who are sedentary or are getting old.’ Again, the prosecutors are not medical doctors or specialists who can competently arrive at said medical conclusions,” defense lawyers said.
On March 9, the court gave Revilla permission to have his feet x-rayed after he complained of “intense pain” on both heels but deferred ruling on his request to undergo therapy pending submission of the results of the x-ray examination and other proof of the necessity of such therapy.