Lani wants air cooler in Bong's detention cell

Posted at 06/21/2014 10:39 AM | Updated as of 06/21/2014 12:50 PM

MANILA - Cavite Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla has expressed concern over the health of her husband, Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., who is detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame.

On Friday afternoon, Revilla complained of migraine due to the extreme heat inside his detention cell.

"Tumataas ang BP (blood pressure) niya kapag mina-migraine siya. Yun ang problema, so we have to control that," Mercado told radio dzMM.

Mercado said she has requested the PNP to allow them to bring an air cooler inside her husband's cell.

"Sana mapayagan po yun kahit yung air cooler, para at least lumamig-lamig lalo na pag hapon kasi very humid talaga," she said.

She noted that it would be more costly for the PNP if Revilla's condition worsens since he would have to be rushed to the hospital.

"Mas mapapamahal talaga sila kapag may nangyari na emergency [at kailanganing] dalhin pa sa ER (emergency room)."

According to Mercado, she is also hoping that the court will transfer her husband to another cell or at least allow his doctors to visit him to check his condition.

Mercado also bought plastic utensils, biscuits, bread, tissue and clothes for Revilla.

She said Revilla's food ration yesterday consisted of rice, fried galunggong, and mongo. Revilla requested her to bring his favorite kare-kare and sinampalukang manok the next time she visits him.

Mercado, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to the PNP for allowing her and her family to stay with Revilla until 6 p.m. on his first day in detention.

She said they are allowed to visit the senator only on Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Revilla on Friday morning surrendered to the Sandiganbayan after the anti-graft court's First Division ordered his arrest for plunder and graft charges over the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam.