The Philippine National Police will make representations with the Department of Health (DOH) to constantly remind public and private hospitals and its medical staff of the administrative responsibility to report to local health authorities all medical cases involving patients admitted or treated for physical injuries.
Lawyer Senior Superintendent Bartolome C Tobias, PNP Spokesperson, said the move seeks to remind administrators of medical facilities and medical practitioners regarding the specific provisions of Executive Order No. 212 which require them to make a report regarding a medical case involving physical injuries especially those inflicted with the use of firearms.
Tobias cited Section 1 of EO 212, to wit: “The attending physician of any hospital, medical clinic, sanitarium or other medical establishments, or any other medical practitioner, who has treated any person for serious or less serious physical injuries as these injuries are defined in Articles 262, 263, 264 and 265 of the Revised Penal Code shall report the fact of such treatment promptly to the nearest government health authority: Provided, that no fee shall be charged for the transmission of such report through government communication facilities: Provided, further, That records of the reports kept by said health authorities shall, upon written request, be made available to law enforcement agencies.”
Tobias cited in particular the alleged failure of attending physicians of Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City to submit a report to local health authorities about the hospital admission for treatment of gunshot wound of Cavite Vice-Governor Ramon “Jolo” Revilla last February 28, 2015.
The Muntinlupa Police Station has filed administrative cases before the Professional Regulations Commission against the three doctors.
PRC Legal and Investigation Division Chief, Atty. Eugene Riego announced on Wednesday the issuance of official summons to Edgar Mendiola, Gracita Ybiernas and Eden Lasala, who were allegedly involved in the medical treatment of Vice Gov. Revilla at the AHMC.
Riego said, the three have been verified to be licensed doctors and official summons were issued on Wednesday via registered mail.
The PRC legal chief said the three doctors are given 15 days upon receipt of the mail to respond to the summons, afterwhich, the PRC legal division will hold a pre-trial conference and the Board of Medicine will convene to discuss the case. (PNP-PIO)