Jolo Revilla 'stable,' still under observation

MANILA, Philippines – After undergoing surgery to drain blood from his lungs, Cavite Vice Governor Jolo Revilla is in "stable" condition, but remains in intensive care after suffering a gunshot wound on his upper right chest last Saturday.

On Monday, March 2, the Revilla family's spokesman, lawyer Raymond Fortun, said the vice governor's condition is still being monitored after he caught a fever at around 5 am, which was "indicative of some infection in his body."

But he added that the Revilla family was hoping to transfer the vice governor to a regular room at the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City Monday afternoon.

"Doctor is monitoring output of blood, which looks like it's decreasing," he said in a 10:30 am medical update.

Revilla was rushed to the Asian Hospital in Muntinlupa City on Saturday evening, February 28, after suffering a gunshot wound on his upper right chest. In an earlier statement, the family said Revilla accidentally shot himself while cleaning a .40 Glock handgun.

On Sunday, Revilla underwent a surgical procedure that lasted two and a half hours.

He was returned to the intensive care unit after doctors removed half a liter of blood from his lungs.

On Monday, the vice governor's father, detained Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr, asked anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to allow him to spend at least 3 hours with his son at the hospital.

The senator is currently detained at Camp Crame for graft and plunder charges in connection with the multi-billion-peso pork barrel scam.

The Sandiganbayan First Division asked the prosecution to submit a response within the day. 

The Philippine National Police said it is investigating the incident.

In a text message to Rappler, Fortun said the Revilla family is willing to coordinate with the police, but added that it would be better for them to speak to the vice governor first.

"Better if they talk to Jolo first to know where and how to start the investigation. Jolo is not yet physically able to be interviewed at the moment," he said. – Rappler.com