PNP conducts security dry run for arrest of ‘pork scammers’

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) conducted a simulation of its security measures for the impending arrest of high-profile individuals charged in the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.

In a media briefing Wednesday, PNP Public Information Office (PIO) chief Reuben Theodore Sindac said that aside from discussing how to handle any possible scenario once the Sandiganbayan has released the arrest warrants of 54 personalities charged in the PDAF scam, the process of issuing the court orders has been ironed out.

"Nasa ganoong level na tayo ng ating preparedness we review lahat ng posibleng scenario na aming kakaharapin kung sakaling ipagutos ng korte na sa amin i-atang ang resposibilidad ng pagkustodiya sa mga aarestuhin," he said.

Sindac did not disclose further details regarding the exercise of possible actions, counter-measures and protocols that the PNP will be doing, saying they do not want to "unduly signal or telegraph their moves."

Asked whether they will handcuff the "would-be detainees" including Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, Sindac said it is a protocol, however, if the men on the ground do not found any act of resistance from the person being arrested, there is no need for handcuffing.

"For certain condition theoretically for example like if the person with a warrant of arrest will surrender or will voluntary walk in, there will be no opportunity to handcuff anyone," he said.

Sindac also clarified that the PNP is in close coordination with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) who can also be tasked by the court to impose the warrant of arrest to the pork barrel scam implicated individuals.

Earlier, the NBI said it is also prepared, citing the readied custodial center if ever the court will also tap them aside from the PNP.

Meanwhile, PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) chief Director Benjamin Magalong said there is already a "gentlemen's agreement" between the police and the three senators.

Magalong said Enrile, Estrada and Revilla already communicated with them and said that there is no need for the CIDG to hunt them down since they will voluntarily submit themselves particularly to the PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima.

In 2013, the multi-billion peso pork barrel scam, which was allegedly masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, broke out.

Napoles allegedly funneled the lawmakers' PDAF to her fake non-government organizations in exchange of multi-million peso kickbacks. (Sunnex)

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