Cesar Montano expressed his disgust over the way a San Juan hospital handled his brother, who was dead on arrival in its emergency room on November 11.
PO3 Roland Manhilot was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center in San Juan after suffering a cardiac arrest. He did not reach the hospital alive. He was 47 years old.
According to Cesar, after his brother’s death, his body was just hauled into a “bodega” inside the hospital that contained “construction materials.”
“He’s been serving the PNP for quite a while. Nakakatuwa lang sa kabila ng kalungkutan, nakakilala siya sa Diyos bago siya pumanaw. Nalungkot lang ako dahil yung Cardinal Santos it’s a good hospital. Nabigla lang ako na parang ginawang isang bagay na walang ka-kwenta-kwenta lang yung bangkay ng kapatid ko. Nilagay sa isang bodega na hindi naman morgue. Wala silang morgue, meron sila pero under construction. Dapat ang isang ospital na napakalaki tulad ng Cardinal Santos, meron yang fallback. Meron silang ganun,isang bodegang lalagyan ng construction materials,” Cesar said in an exclusive interview with Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) after his boxing match in Bakbakan ’06 last November 18 at the Aliw Theater.
Cesar charged the hospital of alleged negligence.
“My three nephews and my sister-in-law and my brother [Josefino], maraming witnesses. Nagalit nga and they are asking for a room [to place Roland’s body]. Sabi nila [Cardinal Santos], wala silang available room para sa bangkay ng brother ko. I think it’s unfair. Di ko alam kung bakit ginanon nila dahil alam nilang pulis, na alam nila pagka pulis, walang pambayad yan. Mahirap lang yan. Yung mga suot ng mga pamangkin ko at saka kapatid ko, very humble. Di naman yan extravagant magbihis.”
He added: “Binigyan nila ng ganung pansin ang kapatid ko. I think it’s unfair, kahit hindi ko kapatid, kahit sinong mahirap na tao. Hindi dapat ituring na ganun. Dapat bigyan din nila ng respeto yung mga bangkay. Mas maganda ngang hindi na lang nila nalaman [na kapatid ko siya]. Dun mo malalaman ang katotohanan e. Dapat it has to be fair. Dapat equal lang ang pagtingin nila sa mga tao.”
When asked whether he will sue the hospital, Buboy [Cesar’s nickname] said: “I do not know, I am not so sure. Just sharing this. Gusto ko lang makarating kay Mayor JV Ejercito. I know hindi niya paliligtasin ito.”
As of this writing, the Cardinal Santos Memorial Medical Center has not issued a formal statement on the incident.