Bong Revilla not dead, allowed to stay in hospital

Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2016 10:21 AM | Updated as of Nov 08 2016 10:43 AM

Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. File Photo

The lawyer of former senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. debunked Tuesday rumors on social media that the former senator has died.

Atty. Rean Balisi said Revilla is well but will need to undergo further laboratory tests.

Revilla, who is being detained at the Philippine National Police Detention Center for plunder charges, was rushed to the St. Luke's Medical Center at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig last Saturday due to erratic blood pressure and unexplained vomiting.

The latest medical bulletin from the hospital said Revilla was diagnosed with acute migraine headache, tenosynovitis of the right arm, reactive hypertension, esophagitis and non erosive gastritis.

It said Revilla may be discharged from the hospital today or tomorrow unless he needs further medical treatment.

The Sandiganbayan First Division on Tuesday granted Revilla's motion to stay at St. Luke's Medical Center until he is discharged.

The court said it granted Revilla's motion for humanitarian reasons.

Revilla and former Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Juan Ponce Enrile were charged with plunder in 2014 for allegedly allocating millions of pesos of their pork barrel funds to fake non-government organizations set up by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.

They were also charged with graft in connection with their allegedly anomalous priority development assistance fund (PDAF) disbursements: from 2006 to 2010 for Revilla, 2004 to 2010 for Estrada, and 2004 to 2012 for Enrile. - With a report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News