MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday admitted that escorting pork barrel scam detainees to and from the Sandiganbayan has been draining their operational expenses.
PNP spokesperson Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac is still waiting for the computation of expenses from the PNP Comptroller, but he told reporters that a simple travel from the detention facility to the anti-graft court and vice versa costs the police a huge amount.
For Janet Lim Napoles alone, who is detained in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the PNP spends around P120,000 just to bring her to the Sandiganbayan.
Aside from Napoles, the PNP also has in their custody the three senators facing plunder and graft charges over the multibillion-peso anomaly -- Jinggoy Estrada, Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. and Juan Ponce Enrile.
Estrada and Revilla are both detained at the PNP Custodial Center while Enrile is still under temporary confinement at the PNP General Hospital inside Camp Crame.
Estrada and Napoles were brought to the Sandiganbayan on Tuesday morning for their bail hearing.
SPECIAL BILLING FOR ENRILE
Meanwhile, Sindac said Enrile had a "fair appetite" this morning. He was served with pan de sal and kesong puti for breakfast.
Sindac said the senator did his morning exercise inside the hospital.
He added Enrile registered a blood pressure of 135/60 and pulse rate of 61 beats per minute.
Enrile's scheduled 2D Echo at 8:30 a.m. was moved to 6 p.m. "At least, pagdating ng oras na yun, konti na lang ang tao, mga pulis, na nag-a-avail ng ganung service," Sindac said.
He said the senator will be billed for services which do not fall under the basic services of the PNP General Hospital.
"Yan naman kasing detainee, pag under ng custody ng pulis, pulis ang nagso-shoulder ng expenses niyan pag kailangan i-hospital, just like in any operation."
But for special medication and other specific services, Enrile will be billed by the PNP, he said.
The Public Information Office is still waiting for the computation being made by the PNP Comptroller.
PNP NOT COMPLAINING
According to Sindac, the expenses for the detainees are drawn from the operational expenses of the PNP, which are intended for visiting VIPs.
But Sindac said they are not complaining.
"Wala naman po kaming magagawa doon at ipinag-utos po yun ng korte," he said.
Citing as example the case of Napoles, Sindac explained that the PNP had manifested before the Sandiganbayan the readiness of the organization to move the accused to the detention facility in Bicutan.
The Sandiganbayan, however, ruled that Napoles be detained in Fort Sto. Domingo.