Ampatuan Sr. back to Taguig detention cell

March 24, 2012 1:42 am 

MANILA, March 23 – Andal Ampatuan Sr., former governor of Maguindanao and one of the prime suspects in the Nov.23, 2009 massacre of 58, 30 of them journalists, was discharged from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center Friday morning.

The hospital's spokesperson, Lizzie De Jesus, said the patient was released around 11:15 am.

She said that the Ampatuan patriarch was taken to the Philippine Heart Center where he underwent CT scans of his chest.

After the tests, Ampatuan Sr. would be taken back to his Taguig detention cell, De Jesus said.

She said that Ampatuan Sr. appeared pleasant enough when he left and exchanged pleasantries with his nurses.

De Jesus said the latter's hospital bill amounted to P76,167 but since Ampatuan was a senior citizen, he was able to avail a 20 percent discount, which resulted in a final bill of P60,933.

Ampatuan Sr.'s discharged from the hospital was by virtue of an order from Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221.

Andal Sr. was rushed to the hospital last March 9 after vomiting blood.

He was later diagnosed with pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic alcoholic disease of the liver. (PNA) <br>RMA/PFN

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