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    Philippine senator now detained

    SENATOR Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. was detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday afternoon after surrendering to the Sandiganbayan (graft court) in connection with the plunder and graft charges in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam.
    From the Sandiganbayan, the convoy of Revilla proceeded to Camp Crame at around 1:00 p.m. and was received at the PNP Multipurpose Hall where he underwent booking procedures such as physical and medical procedures, finger printing and mug shot.
    Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP Public Information Office chief, said Revilla was detained at Unit One of the PNP Custodial Center.
    Sindac said an initial medical check-up on Revilla indicated he was "normal except for slightly high blood pressure."
    He said Revilla's blood pressure was 140 over 90, with "no external sign of physical injury” and the senator’s general appearance was calm.
    Visiting time for Revilla would be limited just like the other detainees. The visiting hours run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Family members of the senator earlier got a briefing from the PNP outside the custodial center.
    Eleven family members were the first to be allowed to visit Revilla at the custodial center.
    The PNP allowed Revilla's wife, Rep. Lani Mercado, and children to enter the detention area even if it was beyond visiting hours.
    However, Revilla's family members had to deposit their mobile phones and other electronic gadgets before entering.
    The Sandiganbayan issued an order of arrest against Revilla for plunder and graft and corruption due to his alleged involvement in the pork barrel scam that was said to have been masterminded by detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles.
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