Monday, April 10, 2006

Prove Camp Crame's hospital is adequate and safe for Ka Bel, Court urges PNP

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran

Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006

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Prove Camp Crame's hospital is adequate and safe for Ka Bel,

Court urges PNP

It's now up to the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital to prove that it is currently the most adequate and befitting medical institution that can take care of illegally-detained Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran for now.

During the court hearing at the April 7 Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 137, Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino has given the PNP until April 12 to comment on the medical recommendations of Beltran's lawyers that he be transferred to a hospital with adequate medical facilities.

During the April 7 court hearing, a Medical Report issued by Health Action for Human Right (HAHR) physicians Dr. Romeo F. Quijano, Reginaldo L. Pamugas, and Melani Hernandez-Sionzon recommended that Beltran be transferred to another hospital outside the PNP for treatment and monitoring of health ailments such as hypercholesterolemia, gouty arthritis, nutritional anemia, diabetes mellitus Type 2, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

"We have visited and inspected the facilities of the PNP General Hospital where Beltran is presently confined. We found such facilities and laboratory inadequate for the kind of ailment the patient is suffering from," the HAHR doctors said.

A Psychiatric Evaluation prepared by Dr. Michael P. Sionzon (License No. 93488) last April 6 also strongly recommended Beltran's transfer to another hospital outside the PNP premises in order to lessen his prevailing anxiety and recurring nightmares of being tortured or assassinated.

These, Sionzon contends, could be precipitating factors that could increase Beltran's chances of having another stroke. Last June 2005, Beltran suffered from a minor stroke and is currently taking maintenance medicine.

Senior State Prosecutors Emmanuel Velasco, Aileen Marie Gutierrez, and Joselita Mendoza filed an Opposition to the Omnibus Motion filed by the PILC for Beltran's release on humanitarian gorunds, praying that the Makati Court deny the said Motion.

The DOJ Prosecution Team argued that Beltran should remain in the custody of the Philippine National Police and be confined at the Camp Crame Hospital. Yet still to be answered by the DOJ is the issue of whether the PNP-General Hospital (GH) is indeed capable of delivering the advanced medical services and facilities needed by Beltran.

Meanwhile, Judge Aldecoa-Delorino has given the DOJ prosecution team and the PNP, through the PNP General Hospital's Director of Health Services Sr. Supt. Federico Dama, until April 12 to comment on the medical findings presented by Beltran's lawyers.

After this, the judge is expected to finally decide on whether or not to grant the Motion to Release filed by Beltran's lawyers or have him transferred to a hospital with adequate facilities.###


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