Detainees want Estrada, Revilla out of PNP jail-A A +A
Thursday, July 3, 2014
FIFTY-SEVEN high-profile detainees at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center have signed a manifesto expressing their disapproval on the continued detention of Senators Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
In a five-page manifesto sent to media outfits on Wednesday, the detainees said the two lawmakers should be transferred to another PNP detention facility citing violations to the agreed visiting hours.
Reports said the visiting hours were not followed as family, friends and allies of Estrada and Revilla stayed in their detention cells beyond the period set by the detention facility.
Estrada and Revilla are among the three senators charged with plunder and graft in relation to the multi-billion peso pork barrel fund scam.
The detainees, who include suspected top communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, said violations of the two senators of the facility's rules damaged the reputation of Superintendent Mario Malana, chief of the PNP custodial center, who respects the rights of the other detainees and treats them humanely.
"Hindi makalulutas ng problema ang pagpapalit ng warden dahil ang problema ay ang dalawang senador na nakakulong dito. Ang tunay na solusyon ay ang paglipat sa mga senador sa kulungan akma sa sitwasyon nila," the letter reads.
Last Sunday, June 29, several visitors of the two senators who arrived around 9 a.m. reportedly stayed until 1 a.m. of next day, June 30, beyond the visiting hours. It was allegedly because Estrada and his wife celebrated their wedding anniversary inside the facility.
Malana, who was earlier ordered by PNP chief Alan Purisima to explain what had happened, is facing possible relief due to the said incident.
Other high-profile personalities detained at the PNP Custodial Center who signed the manifesto are Khair Mundos, an alleged finance officer of the Abu Sayyaf Group; Superintendent Rommel Miranda, an accused in the kidnapping and murder of a businesswoman in 2012; Superintendent Hansel Marantan, accused of masterminding the Atimonan rubout case; Rizal Alih, a former police officer who led a band of smugglers in killing a military general and several other hostages during a siege in Camp Cawa-cawa, Zamboanga in 1989.
Public Information Office (PIO) Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac acknowledged receipt of the manifesto, saying the inmates too have their rights to express their insights regarding the matter.
Sindac said the PNP is still conducting an investigation on the violation of Revilla and Estrada. (Sunnex)