by Czarina Nicole Ong
Former Senator Jose (Jinggoy) Estrada has asked the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division for a two-day medical pass at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center so he could get a videocolonoscopy, which would hopefully identify reasons for his abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or changes in bowel habits.
In his motion, Estrada told the court that Dr. Regina L. Bagsic, M.D. took his blood test on July 12, 2017. Upon examination, Bagsic found out that Estrada had elevated levels of CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen), so he was advised to undergo a videocolonoscopy.
It was Bagsic who recommended that the videocolonoscopy be done in Cardinal Santos, where she is affiliated.
“If allowed to undergo videcolonoscopy, the procedure itself may take 30 to 60 minutes. However, there is need for one day preparation before the procedure is done. After the procedure, it may or may not require 24 hours observation, depending on any diagnostic or therapeutic interventions needed to be done,” the motion read.
Since the procedure requires one whole day, Estrada prayed that the court give him two days to be in the hospital. He committed to shoulder any expenses incurred by the Philippine National Police (PNP) with regard to his escort and transfer.
The doctor advised me to undergo colonoscopy, up and down, gastroscopy and colonoscopy,” Estrada told reporters about his condition. “There are elevated blood tests, some abnormalities too. As far as all my blood chemistries are concerned, it is normal. I am only asking for two days.”
Estrada is facing one count of plunder and 11 counts of graft for reportedly using his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to fund the fictitious non-governmental organizations (NGOs) owned by Janet Napoles. Because of this, he reportedly received P183 million worth of kickbacks.
He is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City
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