March 12, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City court has allowed captured Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leader Wilma Austria-Tiamzon to undergo medical examination in a government hospital for further evaluation of her health.
In a one-page order, Judge Alfonso Ruiz II of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 216 granted the appeal of Tiamzon to leave her detention at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame for a follow up medical check up at the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI) on March 16.
The judge directed PNP officers, who will accompany Tiamzon to the said hospital, to observe the rules and procedures in the conduct of transport of its detainees and immediately bring the accused back to the jail facility right after the medical examination.
Ruiz also asked Dr. Fernando Melendres, the attending physician of Tiamzon, to submit the result of the medical test to the court within 30 days following the accused’s health evaluation.
In her motion, Tiamzon, through her counsel Rachel Pastores, asked the court’s permission for a follow-up medical checkup at the NKTI based on the recommendation of Melendres.
Last January 29, Melendres examined the accused inside Camp Crame detention center and recommended that she undergo a number of diagnostic tests and procedures in a hospital to further assess her condition.
Tiamzon then told the court that the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame has no adequate facilities and specialists to examine, evaluate, and determine her state of health.
Tiamzon was earlier diagnosed with “vertebral artery syndrome,” a condition related to the narrowing of the vertebral or basilar arteries.
“Considering the nature of her medical condition… the accused should undergo follow-up medical evaluation at the NKTI where the required medical equipment and facilities are available,” read the motion.
“Her medical condition should be properly assessed to determine whether she should continue with her prescribed medication and/or to undergo other treatment,” it added.
Court records showed that Tiamzon has already underwent several medical checkups and treatments for her aforesaid ailment, while in detention.
She and her husband, Benito Tiamzon, also an alleged CPP leader, were arrested in Cebu in March 2014.
They are both facing charges of kidnapping for allegedly abducting lieutenants Clariton Santos, Oscar Singson, Abraham Casis, and Rommel Salamanca of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and of sergeant John Jacob of the Philippine Narcotics Command in 1988.
The couple were also charged with serious illegal detention for allegedly detaining the victims against their will for 75 days.