MANILA - Senator Antonio Trillanes IV won't oppose allowing Senator Juan Ponce Enrile to be detained in a special facility or putting him under house arrest for humanitarian reasons in the event that the Sandiganbayan orders his arrest for plunder in connection with the pork barrel scam.
Despite finding himself at loggerheads with the former Senate President, Trillanes said Enrile's advanced age should be considered, saying senior citizens have "special needs."
"I would like to believe that Senator Enrile, by virtue of his… advanced age, baka hindi 'yan pwedeng ilagay sa ordinaryong detention facility… May special needs ang very senior citizens na hindi mapo-provide sa ordinaryong detention facility. Alam niyo, napaka-init diyan lalo na ngayong summer. Talagang matutulog ka nang basa ang likod mo,” Trillanes told reporters.
He said Enrile could be detained in a special facility that could provide nursing care.
Trillanes was also detained during the Arroyo administration for mounting the Oakwood mutiny in 2003 and Peninsula siege in 2007.
"Our society is not heartless... I've lived there for 7 ½ years, kahit saan ka ilagay, hindi kakayanin 'yan ng isang 90-year-old man," he said.
As to the two other senators indicted, Trillanes said he won't oppose too granting them privileges but said that it could be "hard to justify." He pointed that it would be the Sandiganbayan that will ultimately decide on where they could be detained.
He said that they should nonetheless be treated "with respect and dignity."
"'Yung dalawang senador kaya naman nila but we will see to it that they will be treated fairly. That is giving due respect to their position as elected senators of the republic and with the presumption of innocence doctrine," he said.