Bong: I didn't complain about rats, roaches

Posted at 06/25/2014 1:27 PM | Updated as of 06/25/2014 3:55 PM

MANILA - Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. on Wednesday said he never complained about the rats and cockroaches in his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center.

The senator, who is detained on plunder and graft charges, said his lawyer, Sal Panelo, only talked about the pests in jest. Revilla relayed the message through PNP public information office chief Reuben Theodore Sindac.

For his part, Panelo said he was just stating a fact about the condition of the cells. Revilla's lawyer has said the senator's family saw rats "as big as cats" inside the senator's cell.

Revilla's wife, Cavite Representative Lani Mercado, earlier expressed concern over the health of her husband, saying the senator had migraine inside the PNP Custodial Center due to extreme heat.

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

The PNP spokesman said Revilla had two visitors Wednesday morning: Atty. Jean Francois Rivera and Dr. Domingo Tolentino.

The senator was earlier checked by the PNP physician upon Revilla's request.

His blood pressure is at 110/80, temperature at 36.6 degrees Celsius, pulse rate at 84 beats per minute, respiratory rate at 20 cycles per minute. The doctor declared his vital signs as normal.