The Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center has issued a statement regarding actor-director Cesar Montano’s claims that the hospital was negligent in their treatment of his brother, PO3 Roland Manhilot, who passed away on November 11.
Roland was proclaimed dead on arrival at the San Juan hospital after suffering cardiac arrest. Cesar claimed that after Roland’s death, the body was placed in a “bodega” containing “construction materials” in lieu of a morgue, which was unavailable. Roland’s family asked for a regular hospital room to hold the body as an alternative to a morgue but the hospital refused.
In a statement aired on Startalk last November 25, the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center explained:
“The medical center is currently under going complete renovation and construction is ongoing simultaneously in several parts of the hospital including the morgue. So, as expected some portions of the hospital are not in its optimum condition. Unfortunately, we cannot also grant the wishes of the family to admit the remains of Mr. Manhilot in a hospital room since this is against hospital regulation as it may post a possible health risk to other hospital patients. Maraming salamat po at kami ay muling nakikiramay sa yumaong Mr. Rolando Manhilot.”