Bong Revilla allowed to visit sick dad for 5 hours


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The Sandiganbayan has allowed Senator Bong Revilla to visit his father, former senator Ramon Revilla Sr., at the hospital.

The anti-graft court’s first division has yet to release a resolution indicating the date and time of Revilla’s visit.

Revilla earlier asked the court to allow him to visit his father for at least five hours, preferably on Jul 14 or 15, from 3pm to 8pm.

The senator is detained and facing plunder and graft charges in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Revilla’s wife, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado, earlier said the older Revilla was rushed to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Global City last Sat, Jul 11.

Atty. Raymond Fortun said the elder Revilla has pneumonia.

The Revilla patriarch has since been transferred to a regular room from the intensive care unit.

The prosecution tried to block the petition during a brief hearing on Tuesday morning, arguing that the condition of the 88-year-old Revilla has improved as suggested by his transfer to a regular room.

Revilla’s lawyer, Ramon Esguerra, however, insisted that the elder Revilla’s condition is serious.

The detained senator was previously allowed by court to visit his son, Cavite Vice Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla, at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa last March 3. The Cavite vice-governor was rushed to the hospital due to accidental firing.

Another Revilla lawyer, Raymond Fortun, earlier said Revilla Sr. may stay at the hospital for a longer time.

“Kailangan po na medyo tumagal ng kaunti sa ospital dahil medyo maselan ang katawan ni Don Ramon. 88 years old na po siya at hindi po puwedeng ibalewala ang kahit anong karamdaman na makita ng doktor,” he said. —with reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM and Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Photo: Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM (Twitter)

This article has been re-published with permission from ABS-CBNnews.com.

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