Court issues subpoena for VMMC director

Posted at 10/12/12 4:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan has issued a subpoena for the director of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) to appear before the anti-graft court on Thursday.

The subpoena orders VMMC Director Nona Legaspi to appear before the court at the Sandiganbayan Centennial Building on October 18, Thursday, at 1:30 p.m. to testify in the plunder case of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Specifically, Legaspi will be asked to testify on the former President's medical condition.

She was also ordered to bring Arroyo's medical records to the anti-graft court.

Legaspi on Friday said Mrs. Arroyo was transferred to the VMMC intensive care unit after several tests showed she is at risk of a heart attack after suffering from "ischemia."

"Considering the forgoing, the patient is not dischargable at this time," Legaspi told reporters in a press briefing Friday afternoon.

Legaspi explained that ischemia is a condition where not enough blood is circulating in the coronary arteries due to blockage.

"Medyo ominous iyan. It is not something that you can just forego with. You have to monitor the patient. That's why we transferred her to the ICU. May medicines, the cardiologist will take care of that," she said.

"Ischemia should not be taken lightly. That can progress to full blown myocardial infarction, or in layman's term, a heart attack.," she added, noting that the former president needs to undergo further medical examinations.

Legaspi said Arroyo is not allowed to engage in any activity while inside the ICU.

"Ngayon dapat binabatanayan siya and everybody knows, I think there is no need to overemphazise that the heart is important," Legaspi said.

Arroyo was admitted to the ICU on Friday even as her arraignment for a plunder case was scheduled on Monday, October 15.

Earlier, her lawyers filed a formal written motion before the Sandiganbayan to defer the arraignment. With a report from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com