Revilla allowed to visit hospitalized dad

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2017 01:31 PM

The Sandiganbayan 1st Division has allowed former Sen. Bong Revilla to visit his father, former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., who is confined at the St Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City.

The court "partially granted the motion for humanitarian considerations, but for shorter periods than the periods sought," the court said in its resolution released Friday. 

The court said Revilla, currently detained in Camp Crame for plunder, is "authorized" to visit his 90-year old father on Monday, June 19 from 6:00 to 10:00 am and on Tuesday June 20 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

Revilla had originally asked to be allowed to visit his father on June 19 from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon and on June 20 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

The older Revilla will undergo "Percutaneous Mitral Clip, a medical procedure which involves considerable risk to a frail 90-year old man." 

The younger Revilla has told the court he "feels obliged 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."

The court gave Revilla the usual conditions for furlough: he will be escorted by the police to St. Luke's only and not to any other place, supervised use of communication device, no media interviews and he has to shoulder the expenses of the police for his transport.