Reyes hospitalized after panic attack

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Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes was rushed to a hospital on Thursday, complaining of a panic attack and seizure after her detention at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City (Metro Manila).

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Reyes brought to the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital, the nearest government hospital to Camp Bagong Diwa, after her blood pressure rose and she suffered a violent seizure, according to her lawyers.

Reyes, an accused in the plunder case stemming from the pork barrel scam, was transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa from the Sandiganbayan detention facility late Wednesday night.

Citing her panic attack, she has appealed the Sandiganbayan’s decision denying her request to be detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City, where senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada are being detained.

A third senator accused in the case, Juan Ponce Enrile, is confined at the PNP General Hospital inside Camp Crame, the PNP’s headquarters.

In her appeal, Reyes said she had a panic attack followed by a seizure after she was booked at the Camp Bagong Diwa’s detention dormitory for women. She attached a report from the Taguig hospital stating that she was suffering from hypertensive urgency and neurocirculatory esthemia.

Reyes needs further tests for seizure disorder and to rule out cardiac arrhythmia because of her history of dyspepsia, coronary artery disease, Bell’s Palsy and seizure attack, the report recommended.

The report said Reyes was given oxygen supplementation and intravenous hydration. She was also given Diazepam IV as medication.

As of 5:30 a.m. Thursday, her blood pressure has normalized at 130/90 from 170/110 when she was rushed to the hospital

Reyes also cited the danger she faces if she is locked up at Camp Bagong Diwa, saying she shares the cell with nine female members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who are “hostile and antagonistic” to her former boss, Enrile.

Enrile was Defense minister during martial law. The senator has also requested the Sandiganbayan to put him under hospital arrest because of his frail health.

The anti-graft court deferred action on the senator’s request pending his evaluation by government doctors.

In pleading to be transferred to the PNP Custodial Center, Reyes said even if she recovers, she could suffer another panic attack or seizure if she stayed at Camp Bagong Diwa.

Reyes’ panic attack baffled Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang, who pointed out that no such attacks happened when Reyes was detained for five days at the Sandiganbayan.

“What caused your client’s panic attack? She has been temporarily detained here in the Sandiganbayan for five days and has been constantly monitored by our doctors and her doctor. There has been no report of [her]severe panic attack at all,” Tang told Reyes lawyer, Anacleto Diaz.

Diaz said it was the Camp Bagong Diwa facility itself that triggered Reyes’ panic attack.

“I was there and we had to carry her to the hospital,” he added.

Prosecutor Edwin Gomez opposed Reyes’ motion, saying there is no guarantee that she will no longer have panic attacks once she is transferred to Camp Crame.

“Other detainees experience panic attacks, too. If we allow Attorney Reyes to be transferred based on this, then we will be putting her above all the other detainees,” Gomez added.

Also on Thursday, a team of doctors from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) checked on Enrile, who is temporarily detained at the PNP General Hospital. The team conducted a series of medical procedures on the 90-year-old senator.

The result of Enrile’s medical tests will be forwarded to the Sandiganbayan on Monday.
The director of the PNP Health Service, Chief Supt. Alejandro Advincula, said they plan to install a machine to monitor the blood pressure of the senator.

With Anthony Vargas

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3 Comments

  1. Atty. Gigi Reyes is experiencing overpowering stress. Her thoughts are full of worries, anxiety, questions and for sure she has sleepless nights.

  2. I would love to know what would happen to a normal woman of her age if she was jailed for a crime & had those same symptoms. Would she be rushed to a hospital like this. If not then why is she. She is part of a gang of people who stole hundreds & hundreds of millions of pesos. Its difficult to explain the size of their haul & they get treated as vip’s not prisoners. Im sure now she will be regretting all she was part of, but i know at the time of committing the crime she was as pleased as punch & thought how clever she was & how much better she was than the rest of us. I dont know about you but i couldnt care less about her suffering, i care more of the poor suffering every single day of their lives. Not worrying about being able to pay their electricity bill as many dont have electricity but their worry is where will they be able to get food to feed their families today. So please dont look to me for any sympathy for this woman she is getting not nearly enough of the suffering she should be getting.

  3. Itong mga nadadawit sa lahat ng mga corruption hindi lang gayon pati na noong
    panahon ni dating Pres. GMA lahat takbo sa Ospital upang doon sila ilalagay. Bakit
    hindi, ng nama may aircon ,masarap ang higaan at masarap ang pag kasiin. Sa dami nitong pera madaling gawan ng paraan lahat pati na mga ibang doctor na kaya nilang bayaran sa hospital Aba, malaking pera ang ibinabayad pag na hospital ka lalong lalo na sa PRIVATE HOSPITAL di ba .

    Lumang tugtugin na ito mga kababayan ko. Matagal na tayong inu ulol nitong mga
    mandarambong ng kaban ng ating pinaghihirpan sa pap bayad ng ating pawis upang
    kumita araw araw lalong lalo na itong mga kasama nating magbubukid na laging ina arawan ng init at mga nasa construction na buhay nila laging nagaganib sa mataas na
    mga gusaling nilang ginagawa. At iyan ang tutuo na sa tingin ko walang magsasabi na hindi tutuo pati na mga mangigisda na namamatay sa dagat kapag dumadaan ang malakas na alon at bagio.