The Sandiganbayan has allowed Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to leave detention Monday afternoon to undergo a dental procedure.
The anti-graft courts First Division said the senator could undergo a dental CT scan in preparation for dental implant procedure in Makati.
Revilla originally filed a motion in the anti-graft court on March 22 for the said procedure. However due to the unavailability of his doctor, the date of his CT scan was moved to Monday, April 11.
Revilla is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon City. However, the PNP Health Service’s Dental and Oral Surgecy Center has said in previous statements that it had no CT scan apparatus to perform the needed procedures on the detained senator.
In October 2015, Sandiganbayan’s First Division also granted Revilla’s petition to leave detention for five days to undergo various dental procedures. Apart from these requests, he was also allowed to leave detention several times in the past particularly to visit his ailing father, former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., in July of last year and to visit his son, Cavite Vice Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla, after a gunshot accident. However, Revilla’s plea to attend his daughter’s debut in October was denied since did not pertain to an “exceptional circumstance.”
In the past, the Court would consider both humanitarian considerations and security risks in granting or denying a request to temporarily leave detention. It would emphasize that a prisoner has limited rights as an accused.
The senator is currently being tried for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam. He surrendered to authorities in 2014 to face allegations that he pocketed P224.5 million in kickbacks from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel through the ghost projects under the alleged scheme of Janet Lim-Napoles.