Gigi Reyes, isinugod sa ospital dahil sa paninikip ng dibdib

admin   •   July 14, 2014   •   5649

Philippine Heart Center facade (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Isinugod sa Philippine Heart Center si Atty. Gigi Reyes noong Biyernes ng gabi matapos makaramdam ng matinding pananakit ng dibdib.

Alas-9 ng gabi ng dumating ito sa Philippine Heart Center at agad isinailalim sa cardiac examination.

Hindi pa man dinirinig ng Sandiganbayan ang mosyon ni Reyes na mula sa Taguig-Pateros General Hospital ay ilipat sa mas malaking ospital.

Napilitan ang mga doktor nito na dalhin sa heart center dahil hindi na umano tumatalab ang mga gamot na ibinibigay sa kaniya ng doktor.

Biyernes ng umaga hindi nabasahan ng sakdal sa Sandiganbayan si Reyes dahil hindi ito pinahintulutan ng kanyang doktor dahil sa kanyang kondisyon.

Una nang sinabi ni Sandiganbayan 3rd Division Clerk of Court Atty. Dennis Pulma na itinakda na sa Martes July 15 ang pagdinig sa mosyon ni Reyes. Subalit magdedepende pa rin ito sa magiging kalagayan ni Reyes.

Aniya, anumang oras ay maaari naman siyang ilipat sa mas malaking ospital lalo na kung kailangan nang mabigyan ng atensyong medikal.

“Depende kasi, I cannot speak sa magiging kalagayan ni Atty. Reyes from now until then ng Tuesday but one thing is clear that the lawyer of Atty. Reyes filed a motion to allow her to transfer to a bigger hospital is set for hearing this Tuesday July 15.”

Samantala, sa Martes ng hapon tuloy ang pagdinig ng korte.

Ipinatawag nito ang cardiologist at medical director ng Taguig Pateros General Hospital upang kumpirmahin sa mga doktor kung kailangan talagang manatili sa mas malaking ospital si Reyes.

Hindi pa naman masabi ni Atty. Pulma kung ang kasalukuyang kondisyon ni Reyes ay maaaring magresulta na upang i-hospital arrest ang akusado.

Si Reyes at dating chief of staff ni Senator Juan Ponce Enrile na ngayon ay kasama sa inakusahang nakinabang sa multi-billion pork barrel scam.

Nahaharap ito ngayon sa kasong plunder at graft sa Sandiganbayan bilang kapwa akusado ng nina Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada at Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. (Grace Casin / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Court approves transfer of Zaldy Ampatuan to Philippine Heart Center

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 28, 2019

Datu ‘Zaldy’ Unsay Ampatuan

A Quezon City Court has approved the transfer of Maguindanao Massacre prime suspect, Datu ‘Zaldy’ Unsay Ampatuan, to the Philippine Heart Center (PHC).

Ampatuan has requested the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 to transfer him to the PHC from Taguig-Pateros District Hospital due to congestive heart failure.

The court said they allowed Ampatuan’s transfer because the PHC has the complete set of equipment for tests as well as previous records of his confinement.

“The court deems it proper to grant the relief being prayed for in the Motion that [Ampatuan] be transferred to the Philippine Heart Center where he has his medical records,” the court said.—AAC

Outgoing senators reveal plans after Senate

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2019

Upper row: (L-R ) Senators Antonio Trillanes IV, Bam Aquino, Francis Escudero Lower row: (L-R) Senators Gringo Honasan, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Loren Legarda

MANILA, Philippines – Six senators of the 17th Congress are soon to leave the Senate.

Senators Francis Escudero, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda and Antonio Trillanes IV have until June 30 to serve their last term.

Senators Bam Aquino and Joseph Victor Ejercito, meanwhile, needed to leave following their defeat in the 2019 midterm polls.

Escudero may be leaving the Senate but he remains in public office after winning as governor of Sorsogon.

Legarda, likewise, is shifting to local governance after being proclaimed as the new representative of Antique.

For his part, Honasan said he is still hoping for President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of him as head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

“It’s up in the air. That will be decided after June 30 by the appointing authority,” Honasan said.

Meanwhile, Senators Aquino and Ejercito said that their next plan to enjoy their private lives with their respective families.

“Ngayon ang ating destiny ay maiba hindi man magpatuloy dito. I guess na mahalaga right now just to take steps back. Spend more time with your kids and try to determine how to help the country in other ways,” Aquino said.

“Maraming paraan para tumulong sa ating bayan,” he added.

“Tulungan ko muna ang wife ko sa mga businesses naming,” Ejercito said when asked about his plans following his exit from Senate.

He admitted, however, that he regretted the outcome of running against his brother Jinggoy Estrada.

“Ang regrets ko…ang pinakamabigat kong problema yung dalawa kaming magkapatid na tumakbo,” Ejercito said.

“Sana kinausap ko na lang. Nag-usap kami ng father ko, ng pamilya na nasabi ko na sana ang aking concern. Ilang beses ko sinabi na ito ang mangyayari na pwede kaming mahila lahat pababa. Exactly ito  na nga ang nangyari,” he added.

Trillanes, meanwhile, said he is thinking of going back to school.

The controversial senator earlier said he will remain critical of the Duterte administration even outside of Senate. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

End of an era? Estrada-Ejercito clan suffers crushing defeat in 2019 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   May 14, 2019

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, meeting the press after casting his vote at P. Burgos Elementary School in Sta. Mesa, Manila in 2019 Midterm Elections. (Daniel M. Iglesias/PVI)

MANILA, Philippines – Is it time for the Ejercito-Estrada clan to take a break from politics?

The clan’s patriarch, former president and reelectionist Manila mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is losing by a wide margin to mayoral contender Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

Based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial, unofficial results as of 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday with 99.06 percent of election returns, Domagoso has garnered 354,327 votes while Estrada got 208,561.

Moreno previously served as vice mayor to Erap from 2013 to 2016. He joined but lost the senatorial race in 2016.

With Erap’s loss came the failed mayoral bid of his granddaughter Janella Ejercito Estrada in San Juan City.

Janella, daughter of senatorial aspirant Jinggoy Estrada, who got 24,813 votes was beaten by former vice mayor Francis Zamora who garnered 35,060 votes.

Zamora’s victory ended the Ejercito-Estrada clan’s nearly 50-year reign in the city. The Estrada clan took hold of San Juan City since 1969 when then popular actor Estrada won as mayor. He was succeeded by his sons Jinggoy and JV Ejercito then JV’s mother Guia Gomez to whom Zamora narrowly lost his bid for mayor in 2016.

The Zamoras and Estradas were family friends for 30 years until Francis and Guia both ran in the mayoralty race in 2016. Francis claimed he was cheated in the election.

READ: Sotto, Zamora, Moreno topple giants; make history in PH politics

Meanwhile, Erap’s nephew ER Ejercito failed in his bid for governor in Laguna against reelectionist governor Ramil Hernandez.

His other nephew, Gary Estrada Ejercito also lost in Cainta, Rizal’s vice mayoralty race against Ace Servillion.

In the senate race, Erap’s sons Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito and Jinggoy Estrada are trailing beyond the top 12. JV is currently at 13th spot with 13,866,130 votes while his brother Jinggoy is at 15th with 11,018,985 votes as of 3:50 pm with 99.06 percent of election returns.

End of an era?

Did the May 13 midterm elections signal the end of a political era for the Estrada-Ejercito clan?

According to political analyst, Professor Edmund Tayao, Erap’s defeat could mean that the Manila voters are looking for a new leader who could bring significant changes to the city.

“Erap was considered as some kind of alternative having been a previous president, so many may have thought he would be a better Mayor compared to [Alfredo] Lim but after two terms there was not much change that happened,” Tayao told UNTV News and Rescue in an interview.

Tayao also believes that the previous rift between JV and Jinggoy have damaged their chances of winning in Senate race.

“Ang naka-contribute pa dito yung masyadong negative campaign, below the belt yung ginawa niya against his own brother, that boomeranged on him,” he said in reference to the half-brothers’ disagreements in the past.

“So, instead of maintaining his supposed advantage over his half-brother, nabaligtad ang pangyayari, mas binoto ng tao si JV Ejercito,” he added.

The two brothers had admitted to a tepid relationship after JV decided to use the Estrada name to boost his political image. Their relationship also turned sour at the height of the 2013 pork barrel scam.

Tayao said that based on his personal assessment of the general election results, Filipino voters seemed to be looking for new names and faces in politics who could deliver positive results.

“What is shown to the general results of the elections which is across the board, nage-experiment ang mga tao, ayaw na nila ng more of the same so they elected a different sort of combination,” he said. (with details from Nel Maribojoc)

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