Enrile undergoes eye check-up in Makati

Posted at 07/05/14 8:34 AM

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MANILA (UPDATED) - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was allowed to temporarily leave Camp Crame on Saturday morning for his scheduled eye check-up at the Asian Eye Institute in Rockwell Center in Makati City.

Enrile left the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Camp Crame on an ambulance escorted by several security forces. He arrived at the Asian Eye Institute at around 7 a.m.

According to the PNP, Enrile was treated for macular degeneration, a condition wherein a person's eyes weaken due to old age. Medicine was injected on his right eye.

The procedure lasted for only less than an hour. He was brought back to Camp Crame at around 8 a.m.

Enrile's lawyer, Enrique dela Cruz, earlier said that the senator's eyes need to be injected with a special medicine regularly. Otherwise, Enrile may go blind, he said.

In an ambush interview on Saturday, the 90-year-old senator thanked the PNP for treating him very kindly on his first night in custody.

Enrile is the third senator ordered arrested by the Sandiganbayan over the multibillion-peso pork barrel scandal.

He turned himself in on Friday afternoon.

He was brought to the PNP General Hospital after his blood pressure shot up. He will be spending the entire weekend in hospital.

Enrile's family is hoping for hospital arrest, noting the senator's age and health.

The two other senators facing plunder and graft charges over the pork barrel scam -- Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada -- are detained at the PNP Custodial Center. -- Reports from Dennis Datu and Dexter Ganibe, dzMM; Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News; ANC