Wednesday, April 26, 2006

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran
Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006
Tel. # (+632) 431-6615 Email:
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April 26, 2006

Ka Bel undergoing much-needed medical tests at Heart Center

Much-needed medical examinations for Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran have started since his admission at Room 427 of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) yesterday afternoon.

Upon arrival at the PHC yesterday, Beltran underwent a 2D Echo Doppler examination, which evaluates the size, thickness and movement of heart structures, such as chambers and valves. Today, Beltran underwent a Carotid Doppler examination and a Blood Chemistry examination.

Doppler is a special ultrasound examination that assesses a patient's blood flow. The results of the first three examinations are expected to be released to Beltran's family soon, said his daughter Olivia Lalusis.

Beltran will also be undergoing other medical and laboratory tests under the direct supervision of Philippine Heart Center cardiologist Dr. Roberto Raymundo: Complete Blood Count, Urinalysis, Electrocardiography, Chest X-ray, Carotid Duplex Scan, and Possible Stress Thallium. Beltran will also be undergoing intensive treatment for hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

This is Beltran's second time to be confined at the PHC. In 2003, he was confined for a week at the hospital for chest pains related to angina, a heart ailment. Beltran also suffered from a mild stroke in June 2005. He was confined for a week at the Far Eastern University Hospital and was discharged with home medications.

A Medical Report issued early this April by Health Action for Human Right (HAHR) physicians Dr. Romeo F. Quijano, Reginaldo L. Pamugas , and Melani Hernandez-Sionzon disclosed that Beltran was suffering from many health ailments such as hypercholesterolemia, gouty arthritis, nutritional anemia, diabetes mellitus Type 2, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

Beltran's doctor disappointed over PNP delay in transfer

Meanwhile, one of Beltran's personal doctors, Dr. Reginaldo Pamugas from the Health Action for Human Rights (HAHR) expressed disappointment over Philippine National Police (PNP) Spokesperson Senior Superintendent Samuel Pagdilao's statement yesterday saying that the delay in Ka Bel's transfer to the PHC from Camp Crame was because Beltran's physicians were not readily available for consultation and because other procedural processes has to be followed.

"That accusation is incorrect. The delay was on the part of the PNP leadership, it seems. From Day One since we evaluated Cong. Beltran's health condition, we have recommended his immediate transfer to the PHC. Beltran's doctor also talked to the PNP on the day the implementing order was released by the Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC), so there was no reason to delay Cong. Beltran's transfer for nearly 24 hours after the receipt of the order. I hope SSupt. Pagdilao gets his facts right and looks at their own culpability and delaying tactics first, instead of issuing such irresponsible statements," Pamugas said. #

Reference: Dr. Reginaldo Pamugas (0916-3533664).


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