The 'wheelchair doctrine'

ENRILE v. SANDIGANBAYAN (aka the Wheelchair Doctrine): [There] is no question at all that Enrile’s advanced age and ill health required special medical attention. His confinement at the PNP General Hospital, albeit at his own instance, was not even recommended by the officer-in-charge (O IC) and the internist doctor of that medical facility because of the limitations in the medical support at that hospital. xxx

Accordingly, we conclude that the Sandiganbayan arbitrarily ignored the objective of bail to ensure the appearance of the accused during the trial; and unwarrantedly disregarded the clear showing of the fragile health and advanced age of Enrile. As such, the Sandiganbayan gravely abused its discretion in denying Enrile’s Motion To Fix Bail. Grave abuse of discretion, as the ground for the issuance of the writ of certiorari , connotes whimsical and capricious exercise of judgment as is equivalent to excess, or lack of jurisdiction. (G.R. No. 213847. August 18, 2015)


Imelda cites 'heart and brain' problems in her pleadings in order to convince the court to grant her application for bail and to excused her for her recent absence in a proceeding before the anti-grant court.

Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos claimed that she was unable to attend the promulgation of the guilty verdict against her on November 9 because she was “suffering from multiple organ infirmities” and was “under strict orders to refrain from stressful conditions.”

Complying with the order of the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to explain her absence, Marcos said in a pleading that “the accused was suffering from multiple organ infirmities and was under strict orders from her physician to refrain from stressful conditions that will put her at risk for heart and brain attack and recurrence of seizure.”

The 89-year-old former first lady is running for governor of Ilocos Norte for the 2019 mid-term elections. Read more: Lian Buan @lianbuan (2018). Seeking bail, Imelda Marcos cites 7 ailments with doctor's order to avoid stress. Published 4:29 PM, November 15, 2018 Updated 5:27 PM, November 15, 2018.

Imelda Marcos is a Filipino socialite, politician, and congresswoman who was First Lady of the Philippines for 21 years, during which she and her husband have amassed about US$5-10 billion, the bulk of which still remains unrecovered.

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