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Sandiganbayan OKs Bong Revilla’s 3-day furlough for dental procedures

The Sandiganbayan First Division has granted the motion of former Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. to leave his detention for three days to undergo tooth implant surgery and other dental procedures.

In a minute resolution promulgated on July 7 but released to the media on Wednesday, the First Division allowed Revilla to leave his detention on July 13, 16 and 23 all starting at 2 p.m.

Revilla is currently detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, for plunder and graft charges in connection with his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

As requested, the court allowed Revilla to undergo the “first stage” of the molar tooth implant surgery on July 13 to be followed by a post-operation check-up on July 16.

Revilla, meanwhile, is set to undergo a suture or stitches removal and stayplate denture reline on July 23.

All the procedures will be done at the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) located at the ground floor of The Residences, Greenbelt Center in Makati, where Revilla’s personal dentist, Dr. Steve Mark Gan, is holding office.

The First Division said Revilla should leave his detention cell to GAOC not earlier than one hour before 2p.m., the appointed time for the conduct of the procedures, and should be transported back to the custodial center “immediately after completing the procedures, but not later than 4 p.m. of the same day.”

The court also tasked the PNP to “provide adequate personal escorts and security measures in all movements and dispositions of accused Revilla.”

The court, meanwhile, reminded Revilla as well as those who will accompany him that the use of communication gadgets and other electronic device “shall be under the control and supervision of the detailed PNP security.”

Revilla and his camp were also reminded that they are not allowed to have any interview with the media.

Lastly, the court also reminded Revilla that all the expenses to be incurred in connection with his travel to and from GAOC shall be shouldered by him.

Revilla is accused of amassing P224-million worth of kickbacks by allocating his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel from 2006 to 2010 to fake foundations allegedly owned by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the scam.

In October last year, the First Division also allowed Revilla to leave detention for five days to undergo various dental procedures also at GAOC. — RSJ, GMA News