Gigi Reyes still refuses to eat, drink

By Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 10 2014 09:28 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2014 05:28 AM

MANILA - The blood pressure of lawyer Gigi Reyes has now stabilized, but the former chief of staff of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile still refuses to eat and drink, according to the medical director of Taguig Pateros District Hospital.

Dr. Prudencio Sta. Lucia said there is a possibility that Reyes may not be able to attend her arraignment on Friday, depending on the results of their monitoring overnight.

He said Reyes has admitted to previously having epileptic episodes or seizure attacks, as well as series of light brain stroke in the past.

Her attending physicians are concerned about this since it is highly possible that stressful activities may trigger these episodes to recur, Sta. Lucia said.

He said, given her condition at the moment, Reyes may be fit to travel to the Sandiganbayan tomorrow.

However, the rigors of the courtroom might once again trigger the moderate to severe anxiety disorder that she experienced last night.

He said the lack of appetite of Reyes may be an indication of a psychological problem being experienced by the patient.

The attending physicians, he said, are wary about a possible fluctuation of Reyes' blood pressure at any given time.

Family appeals for compassion

Meanwhile, the family of Reyes appealed to the public for compassion and understanding as they go through a difficult time.

In a statement read by Reyes' brother Patrick Gonzales, who was teary-eyed, they also requested privacy from the media.

They also asked for prayers for the recovery of Reyes.

Gonzales narrated their emotional ordeal last night when Reyes was transferred from the Sandiganbayan to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) detention center in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig.

He said they were emotional when they saw Reyes in handcuffs and undergoing booking procedures.

Reyes eventually vomited then passed out, according to Gonzales.

It was then that BJMP officers carried Reyes from the 4th floor of the detention center to the ambulance that immediately proceeded to the hospital.

Prior to this, in Sandiganbayan, Gonzales said family members were not allowed to help Reyes pack her things.

They were also not allowed to accompany Reyes inside the BJMP vehicle enroute to Camp Bagong Diwa.