Enrile undergoes eye check-up anew

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

MANILA (2nd Update) -- Detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile underwent Sunday morning a post operation check-up at the Asian Eye Institute in Makati City.

The procedure lasted for only 10 minutes. It was a follow-up to the treatment he received last Saturday for his macular degeneration, a condition that usually affects older adults and causes blindness.

Enrile was escorted by the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) from the PNP General Hospital in Quezon City.

In a short media interview, the 90-year-old lawmaker said his eyesight is “okay” and he is “coping up."

Meanwhile, Malacanang said there was no special treatment for Enrile as the government was only considering his health and old age.

"Walang kakaibang pagtrato kay Senador Juan Ponce Enrile. Isinasaalang-alang ng estado ang kanyang kalusugan, partikular na ang kapansanan (niya) sa mata, na nangangailangan ng kagyat na pagsuri ng espesyalistang manggagamot at ang kanyang edad na 90-taong gulang," Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Enrile surrendered to the PNP last Friday after the Sandiganbayan third division ordered his arrest, along with several co-accused, including his former chief aide Jessica "Gigi" Reyes, John Raymund de Asis, Ronald John Lim, and businesswoman Janet Napoles for the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund.

Enrile is the third lawmaker to be detained on plunder and graft cases for allegedly channelling his PDAF to the fake non-government organizations of Napoles.

Senators Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada are currently detained at the PNP custodial center in Camp Crame, Quezon City for the same cases.

The CIDG will return Enrile’s arrest warrant to the Sandiganbayan on Monday. (Third Anne Peralta/SDR/Sunnex)

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