Former Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Zaldy Ampatuan has asked a Quezon City court to allow his transfer from the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital to the Philippine Heart Center as soon as possible as he is suffering from congestive heart failure.
In an extremely urgent ex parte motion for transfer to Philippine Heart Center filed before the sala of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of QC Regional Trial Court Branch 221, Ampatuan through his legal counsels, Rachel Jane Abelinde and Ralbert John Neil Tibayan, claimed that the PHC not only has a complete set of equipment for tests that the accused might need to undergo, but also records of his confinement in the past years.
It was stated in Ampatuan’s three-page motion that on June 24, he suffered shortness of breath, dizziness and increase in blood pressure, which prompted Dr. Henry Fabro, roving medical officer of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, to examine him.
After the accused was examined, he was then rushed to the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital where he was found to be suffering from “hypoglycemia secondary to oral hypoglycemic agents xxx congestive heart failure,” and was recommended for admission.
Ampatuan’s lawyers said that the accused was constrained to request for his transfer to PHC to undergo all other necessary medical and laboratory examinations, other procedure deemed necessary, and general recuperation.
The accused lawyers added that they already communicated and made arrangements with Dr. Danilo Kuizon, cardiologist at PHC, for Ampatuan’s possible admission.
“Zaldy, through the undersigned shall strictly comply with all the logistic, security and other administrative measures that this Honorable Court might impose for the purpose of facilitating and supervising the conduct of the transfer,” the motion stated.
The former ARMM governor together with his brother, principal accused, Andal Ampatuan Jr. and more than a hundred accused are now awaiting decision on the 58 counts of murder case filed against them in connection with the killing of 58 people including 32 members of the media that took place on Nov. 23, 2009.