Enrile’s ex-chief of staff asks Sandiganbayan permission to go on dental furlough

Published January 19, 2019, 12:34 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Czarina Nicole Ong

Jessica “Gigi” Reyes, former chief of staff of Senatorial hopeful Juan Ponce Enrile, has asked permission from the Sandiganbayan Third Division to undergo a panoramic dental x-ray on January 24 at 1 p.m. at YSA Dermatology and Dentistry Center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Detained suspect of the Pork Barrel Scam case Gigi Reyes during the pre-trial of the said case. (Camille Ante / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Gigi Reyes

In her urgent motion, Reyes revealed that she experienced “extreme toothache” on January 15. She was then examined by Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Chief Dental Officer, J/Chief Inspector Dr. Ana Liza Cabras.

Upon examination, Cabras determined that “the acute dental pain suffered by accused Reyes is being caused by the fractured crown on…[her] upper right first pre-molar.” She recommended that Reyes undergo panoramic dental x-ray for proper evaluation and treatment.

Reyes begged the Sandiganbayan to allow her to undergo the panoramic dental x-ray and two surgical treatments thereafter. She has coordinated with her dentist, Dr. Carlito Librando, who agreed to reschedule some of his patients to accommodate her.

Should she need surgical treatment, they will proceed to Librando’s clinic at the Center for Advanced Dentistry, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

“The requested furlough for dental treatment of accused Reyes, if granted, will not result in any damage and prejudice to the plaintiff or any party,” the motion read.

Reyes is currently detained at the BJMP facility at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig since she is one of the accused in the plunder case involving the P172,834,500 priority development assistance fund (PDAF) scam.

Together with Enrile, Reyes is accused of helping endorse businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles’ fake non-government organizations in exchange for kickbacks.