Former senator and film star Ramon Revilla Sr. is in critical condition and “under strict observation” for undisclosed medical reasons in a hospital in Taguig City, his son Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., announced this morning.
The older Revilla was initially brought to St. Dominic Medical Center in Bacoor at about 6pm yesterday and was transferred later that night to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City where he has been hooked to a ventilator and is undergoing treatment.
While he did not specify the reasons why his 93-year-old father was rushed to the hospital, Bong said that the older Revilla was “hard of breathing and was somewhat unresponsive.” Bong added that he will ask doctors to provide the public with medical bulletins while asking Filipinos for “continuous prayers” for his father.
Revilla Sr. worked in the Senate between 1992 to 2004. Before that, he was one of Philippine cinema’s most famous action stars, having started his career in the early ’70s and starring in such memorable films as Nardong Putik and Pepeng Agimat. His lead characters are known for possessing superhuman powers derived from amulets known as anting-anting.
Perhaps just as famous as his run in film, the Revilla patriarch is known for having sired at least 72 children from 16 different women.
He has been hospitalized for various health conditions, including pneumonia, in the past few years.