Revilla seeks furlough anew to visit ailing dad
With his father hospitalized again, detained former Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., has asked the Sandiganbayan for a second furlough this month.
In a two-page motion, Revilla said his father, former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., was confined again at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City for kidney and respiratory ailments.
Revilla asked the antigraft court’s First Division to allow him to visit his father on Dec. 28 and 29, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., and on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The 89-year-old former actor-politician has been confined since Dec. 22, diagnosed with acute kidney injury secondary to interstitial nephritis (an inflammation of the tissue fluid between kidney tubules) and tracheo-esophageal fistula (an abnormal connection between the trachea and the esophagus).
Revilla explained that his father was set to undergo percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, a tube insertion procedure, because of his inability to eat.
He said the elder Revilla was expected to be hospitalized for up to 10 days, or “until Jan. 3, 2016 [sic].”
Like his earlier motion, this request stated that Revilla “feels that it is his obligation to come to the aid of his father, who is very close to him, even by his mere presence, and cannot disregard a son’s natural urge and desire to visit and be with his ailing and weak father, and spend a few moments together, to provide former Senator Revilla Sr. the needed assurance and support.”
The Sandiganbayan granted Revilla a six-hour furlough on Dec. 16 to visit his father, who was then diagnosed with severe sepsis secondary to pneumonia, a serious form of blood poisoning.
Revilla himself was confined at the upscale hospital from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, after complaining of severe headache and nausea due to hypertension. His extended week-long stay was due to examination and a biopsy.
The 50-year-old actor-politician is facing plunder and graft charges for allegedly receiving P224.5 million in kickbacks by diverting his Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations or “pork barrel” funds to fake foundations supposedly controlled by suspected pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.
He and another former senator, Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, are detained at the PNP Custodial Center while facing the nonbailable plunder charges since June 2014.
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