MANILA – A spokesman of the Philippine National Police confirmed Wednesday that custodial centers inside Camp Crame are being renovated.
PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Wilben Mayor said the renovations taking place are part of a series of improvements being done at the entire facility.
He, however, denied that the renovations were done ahead of the possible arrests of high-profile personalities linked to the pork barrel scam such as Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada.
"It could be a coincidence but nagkataon lang. Hindi naman yan nakatuon lamang po doon sa mga nababanggit na lawmakers na sinasabi nila,” he said in an interview on [email protected]
He said the renovation of the custodial centers is for the accommodation of any person who has a warrant of arrest.
"It is intended for anybody kung sino man ang may arrest warrants and there is an order from the court that they should be turned over to us," he said.
The three opposition senators on Tuesday said they are unperturbed by reports that the PNP is already renovating jail facilities for them ahead of their possible arrests.
Enrile said he is confident that he can win in the pork barrel scam case but said he will not be choosy on who his possible cellmate will be. "Ok lang, maski sino ang magiging cellmate ko. Pwede naman Abu Sayyaf," Enrile said.
For his part, Estrada said talk about their possible detention center is an indication that the administration is "hell-bent" on jailing the three indicted senators.
Revilla said he has long accepted his fate and that he is ready for any eventuality. He said that he has also been preparing his family about the possibility of being arrested.
"Sabi ko 'Huwag kayo iiyak.' Walang sinumang iiyak dahil kapag ka umiyak tayo, matutuwa lang ang kalaban natin," he said.
Napoles transfer to push through
Meanwhile, authorities will push through with the transfer of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles to Sta. Rosa, Laguna despite reports that she has been bleeding for the past three days.
Mayor said only a court order can stop Napoles' transfer back to Fort Sto. Domingo.
"Without the order from the judge, we have no choice but to comply with the present order. It is up to the lawyers to file a motion. When the judge orders us to do otherwise, then we will comply,” he said in an interview on "[email protected]"
Mayor refused to divulge details of the businesswoman’s transfer but said that they are now making final arrangements to escort her back to her detention cell in Fort Santo Domingo.
"We are already prepared to transfer Mrs. Napoles. We are just making some arrangements. At any rate, it's the same security package from Makati to Fort Santo Domingo and all we have to do is to receive the copy and to check the copy of the order and we will direct now the Region 4A station to implement the order,” he said.
Napoles' counsel, Atty. Bruce Rivera, on Wednesday said his client has been experiencing bleeding for three days now. He said doctors have advised Napoles to take complete bed rest.
Rivera also said they are planning to file an urgent motion for Napoles to extend her stay at the Ospital ng Makati until the doctors find out what's causing the bleeding.