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.
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.