Revilla’s hospital stay needless – prosecutors

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Prosecutors are opposing Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.’s request for the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to let him undergo check-up and diagnostic tests.

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In a three-page comment/opposition, the team of lawyers handling his case on Wednesday asked the court to deny his request or, should the court grant it, to limit Revilla’s medical check-up as an out-patient.

Revilla is facing a P224-million plunder case before the court’s First Division and is detained atthe Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

He is seeking the court’s nod for a check-up at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City (Metro Manila), citing migraine, hypertension, lower back pain and high cholesterol.

But the prosecution team pointed out that a medical certificate in support of his request was issued by his own personal physician.

“Accused Revilla has not been examined by a government physician who can verify and attest to the fact that he is indeed suffering from the above medical conditions and that he must undergo further medical check-up and diagnostic tests for said ailments,” the team said.

The prosecutors added that there is no explanation in two medical certificates also issued by the senator’s doctor why the diagnostic tests such as MRI, ECG, stress and blood chemistry would take overnight.

“In fact, these tests can be done by the accused as an out-patient. Thus, there is no need for the accused to stay overnight in the hospital, outside of his place of detention,” they said.

Last week, Prosecutor Joefferson Toribio expressed concern that Revilla’s request for the check-up could be a prelude to hospital arrest in case the senator’s bail petition is denied, noting that the request was made as the prosecution was winding up its presentation of evidence.

Defense lawyer Joel Bodegon, meanwhile, said his client is strong and his doctor just wanted to ensure that he is well.

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4 Comments

  1. Arthuronixslip on

    Konting malasakit naman jan. If you’re trying to do right for this country, how hard is it to do right to fellow humans? They will still get the justice they deserve…they will also just get medical attention if they need it

  2. Para sakin payagan nalang magpacheck up si Senator revilla, since wala naman din pruweba na siya’y may kasalanan kaya siya nakadetaine.

  3. Ive been suffering from back pain for years & every single night i have huge problems with it. The doctors will as always just tell me to rest it, my wife gets migraine as do many people, there are medicines for it, but when we saw him talking to the cameras recently he didnt look in much back pain or migraine. He is swinging the lead as we say in the uk. High blood pressure, its rife here in the philippines its because of your diet, eat properly & you will be ok. You need to be put on a normal prison diet then you will have something to complain about. You need to be put in normal prison conditions with normal prisoners then you will have something to complain about, until that happens shut up & do your time you lying thieving cheating scumbag.