Ramos: Enrile in good spirit

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

FORMER President Fidel Ramos visited on Sunday detained Senator Juan Ponce Enrile at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital in Quezon City to personally know and see the condition of his friend.

Ramos said Enrile “appears to be in good spirit” even if he has medical problems such as high blood pressure and macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness if left untreated.

Enrile was allowed by the police to leave detention on Saturday and Sunday to receive medication for his eye ailment.

Ramos lauded the PNP doctors and nurses for taking good care of the 90-year-old senator.

“We talked about as I said his health which is under very good medical monitoring by the medical service of the PNP. Ang galing,” he said.

“I think although he was not particularly joyous about it, he just got a small room, which can only accommodate two visitors,” Ramos added.

Enrile surrendered to the PNP last Friday after the Sandiganbayan third division ordered his arrest for charges of plunder and graft in relation to the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

He was temporarily detained at the police hospital due to his medical condition.

Aside from talking about Enrile’s health condition, the 86-year-old Ramos also asked the lawmaker “about his morale.”

“Don't worry brother Eddie, sabi niya, this is only in passing. I think we can handle it,” the former president quoted Enrile as saying.

“Sabi ko, if you say so that this in passing and that you can handle it, I'm sure that you can be successful and that you can handle it just like the other events in your life,” he said.

Ramos and Enrile were among the leaders of the 1986 People Power Revolution that drove former President Ferdinand Marcos from power and into exile in Hawaii, where he died in 1989. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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