Senator Bong Revilla, shown in photo on his way to be detained on plunder and graft charges, said his lawyer, Sal Panelo, only talked about the rats and roaches in his cell in jest. Revilla’s lawyer has said the senator’s family saw rats “as big as cats” inside the senator’s cell. (MNS photo)

Senator Bong Revilla, shown in photo on his way to be detained on plunder and graft charges, said his lawyer, Sal Panelo, only talked about the rats and roaches in his cell in jest. Revilla’s lawyer has said the senator’s family saw rats “as big as cats” inside the senator’s cell. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 6 (Mabuhay) — The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court on Tuesday granted the motion of Senator Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. to leave his detention for five days to undergo dental procedures.

In a short hearing on Revilla’s motion Tuesday morning, Sandiganbayan First Division chairman Associate Justice Efren Dela Cruz declared in open court that the division resolves to grant Revilla’s motion “for humanitarian consideration.”

Revilla, an accused in the alleged pork barrel scam, was allowed to leave his detention on October 10, 12, 15, 17 and 19 at 2 p.m. to undergo dental procedures at the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) located at the ground floor of The Residences, Greenbelt Center in Makati.

The court has yet to issue a formal ruling as of posting time.

In his motion dated October 1, Revilla said his personal dentist at the GAOC, Dr. Kristine Shieh, has advised him to undergo additional treatment following the dental surgical procedures he underwent last month.

The court last month allowed Revilla to undergo various dental surgical procedures also at GAOC such as irrigation of tooth canal, suture or stitches removal, and impression and adjustments of upper and lower stayplate dentures.

This time, Revilla said his dentist advised him to undergo impression, trial and coping of ceramic dental crown also called zirconia crown, as well as its possible adjustments and cementation.

“For permanent solution, full zirconia crown was recommended which procedure needs four to five dental appointments,” Revilla said in his motion.

Revilla is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, for plunder and graft charges in connection to his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam.

He is accused of amassing P224-million worth of kickbacks by allocating his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel from 2006 to 2010 to fake foundations allegedly owned by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the alleged mastermind of the scam. (MNS)